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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 Cooperation

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 18): "There are many issues that China and the U.S. are cooperating on, even as we have some differences that we try to manage effectively."Full Text» More» Trip Page»

Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang

Date: 10/01/2014 Description:  Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo before addressing reporters at the Department of State. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (Oct.1): "We talked about dealing with the mitigating of threats from global climate change and also to trying to work together as we develop the targets for next year’s conference in Paris. We also talked about containing Ebola as well as countering the challenge of radical extremism and terrorism, and particularly ISIL." Full Text»

U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

Sept 26: Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, briefs at the New York Foreign Press Center on "U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific." Full Text»

Human Rights in the D.P.R.K.

Date: 09/23/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at event highlighting human rights abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in New York City on September 23, 2014.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Sept. 23): "What goes on inside North Korea – systematic repression, collective punishment, arbitrary execution, penal colonies, prison camps – these abuses are actually unfathomable to nearly the entire world, and they should have no place in the 21st century." Full Text» More»

APEC Senior Officials Meeting

Dr. Wang (Aug. 27): "The first pillar is the trade and investment pillar, and then the second one is what the Chinese call the innovation, reform, and growth pillar. ... And the third pillar, as you all know, is the connectivity pillar."Full Text»

U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 13): "I want to talk to you today about four specific opportunities: creating sustainable economic growth, powering a clean energy revolution, promoting regional cooperation, and empowering people."Full Text» Trip page»


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