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The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Date: 07/18/2013 Description: Daniel Russel is the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs  - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Russel: "The well-being and future of the United States is inextricably connected to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific region, as you pointed out. Four and a half years ago, President Obama deliberately decided to make engagement in the region a strategic priority for the United States of America, and I’m proud to have a continuing role in developing the Asia rebalancing
Maystrategy."


U.S.-Singapore Alliance

Date: 08/02/2016 Description: Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry Toast to His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore at a State Luncheon in His Honor - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 2): "If we list the primary challenges facing the globe today ... Singapore and the United States are allies operating absolutely hand-in-glove on every single one of those issues. And that is what strategic partnership means." Full Text»


Marine Conservation

Date: 07/27/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Delivers Remarks at a YSEALI Sea and Earth Advocate Camp - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 27): "The oceans are critical to life on the planet, because 50 percent of the oxygen that we breathe comes through the cycling process of the oceans. But people don’t treat it that way. Increasingly now, the oceans are threatened." Full Text»Trip Page»


U.S. Role in the Asia Pacific

Date: 07/26/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Addresses Reporters - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 26): "One of the most important actions that President Obama took after entering the Oval Office nearly eight years ago was to rebalance the United States' foreign policy so that we could play a larger and more long-term role in the Asia Pacific." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Date: 07/25/2016 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry -- watched by U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian -- bows as he greets a Laotian Protocol officer at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Laos, on July 25, 2016, after arriving to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 25): "We’re very proud to be ASEAN’s partner because you are speaking up for a rules-based international system that protects the rights of all nations, whether big or small; because you have a convening power to bring together all of Asia; and because the United States believes that ASEAN-led mechanisms are the very best way to find common solutions for our shared challenges." Full Text» More»


U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Strategic

Date: 06/06/2016 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the opening session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China. © AP Image

Secretary Kerry (June 6): "We have a chance ... to define a new relationship. We have an inescapable responsibility -- a shared duty -- to lead in the direction of stability, prosperity, and peace." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-Vietnam Peace Corps Agreement

Date: 05/24/2016 Description: U.S. and Vietnam Announce Historic Partnership To Establish a Peace Corps Program in Vietnam - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (May 24): "Having the Peace Corps ... having young Americans come here – not always young – to be able to teach English in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City is the next step forward in building the relationship between the United States and Vietnam." Full Text» Trip Page»


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