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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 imminently 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 strategy."

U.S.-China Economic Alliance

Date: 07/10/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses U.S. and Chinese business leaders attending a roundtable discussion on the sidelines of the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, China on July 10, 2014. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (July 10): "China and the United State represent the greatest economic alliance trading partnership in the history of humankind, and it is only going to grow.  So this is a very important meeting and we really look forward to hearing from you your thoughts about how we, in the Obama Administration, can grow these possibilities, meet your needs, strengthen our countries, and strengthen the security relationship as well, which grows out of the economic relationship at the same time."  Full Text»


Human Trafficking in Asia-Pacific

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Marciel: Human trafficking remains a visible and pressing concern in East Asia and the Pacific. While governments across the region have an increased awareness of trafficking in persons, corruption and a lack of political commitment hinder more substantial gains in some countries." Full Statement»


U.S.-China Relations

Assistant Secretary Russel (June 25): "We have made remarkable progress since the era of back-channel messaging and secret trips. The scope of today’s U.S.-China relationship was unimaginable when President Nixon made his historic visit in 1972 to China.." Full Text»


Thailand: A Democracy at Risk

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Marciel (June 24): "Moving forward, it is important that the transition to civilian rule be inclusive, transparent, timely, and result in a return to democracy through free and fair elections that reflect the will of the Thai people." Full Text»


Pacific Day Policy Seminar

Secretary Kerry (June 18): " America thinks of itself as a Pacific nation and is a Pacific nation proudly.  We don’t just border it and have an extraordinary coastline framing the Pacific, but we have been in the Pacific and in its far reaches for centuries."  Full Text»


U.S.-Australia Relations

Secretary Kerry (June 12): "Whether it is support for democracy, rule of law, standing up for human rights, speaking out across the planet, Australia is at our side." Full Text»


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