Trip to Laos
In July 2012, Clinton became the first US secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades. During her weeklong tour of Southeastern Asia, Clinton met with Laos’s communist government’s prime minister and foreign minister.
During the Vietnam War, America dropped incessant bombs on Laos—every eight minutes, 24 hours a day -- and the trip was meant to help heal the wounds of war.
According to NBC News, the visit was an attempt to gauge whether the country “could evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia.”
Pictured: Clinton placed flowers at a statue during a tour of the Ho Phra Keo Temple, in Vientiane, Laos, on July 11.