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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

Civil Society, Youth Leadership and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Date: 05/20/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken gives remarks on democracy and civil society in the region to an audience of young leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 20): "Every nation has to chart its own path to self-government, but what we know is this, there are no short-cuts, there are no half-measures. Democracy is not achieved in a day—let alone on Election Day. It is about more than campaigns, more than votes." Full Text» Press Conference» Photos»

Advancing U.S. Economic Engagement in Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (May 14): "America’s alliances and partnerships guarantee security within the region, as they have for decades. That security has helped the region’s economies grow, along with our own." Full Text»

Maritime Issues in East Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (May 13): “For nearly 70 years, the United States, along with our allies and partners, has helped to sustain in Asia a maritime regime, based on international law, which has underpinned the region’s stability and remarkable economic growth.” Full Text»

2+2 Press Availability With Japan

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 27): "Our dialogue this morning focused on particularly transformative achievement – the completion of the new guidelines for the U.S.-Japan defense cooperation, which is our first such revision since 1997." Full Text» Remarks at a Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe»

FY 2016 Budget Request

Apr. 23: Assistant Secretary Russel testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on "The FY 2016 Budget Request for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs".

U.S.-Japan Partnership

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 14): "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II – a time to reflect on the remarkable story of two former adversaries who have become the closest of allies and friends." Full Text»


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