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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

Trilateral Meeting With the Republic of Korea and Japan

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 29): "The primary purpose of this is to recognize that the region is going through certain challenges, but also faces major opportunities. And as we are negotiating an historic trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there are important economic opportunities, but there are also very important security challenges." Full Text»

U.S-China Relationship

Secretary Kerry (Sept. 25): "Today, our nations recognize that while our differences will undoubtedly continue to test our relationship, they should not and in fact they must not prevent us from acting cooperatively in other areas." Full Text» More»

U.S.-Vietnam: Looking to the Future

Date: 08/07/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S.-Vietnam: Looking to the Future at the Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 7): "This is a really historic moment as we mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of normal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." Full Text» Trip Page» DipNote»

Press Availability in Kuala Lumpur

Date: 08/06/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters on August 6, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a news conference following two days of meetings at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Aug. 6): "We reviewed a number of challenges that are related to the security and quality of life of this region that require the kind of cooperative thought and action that ASEAN was specifically designed to achieve." Full Text» Trip Page» Fact Sheet»

8th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

Date: 08/05/2015 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with his fellow Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on August 5, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before a meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative on the sidelines U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.  - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Aug. 5): "We’re very, very optimistic about the Lower Mekong’s future. And we have very good reason to be because I think we can build on the progress that we’ve made already on this critical initiative." Full Text» Trip Page» More»

America and the Asia Pacific: Partners in Prosperity

Date: 08/04/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on U.S.-Singaporean relations and U.S.-Asia trade and investment policy on August 4, 2015, at Singapore Management University in Singapore, Singapore. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 4): "Our commitment to the notion of Pacific nation and an engagement level that is increased in the region is why – 70 years after the end of World War II – we are promoting a stable, transparent, and rules-based order for the 21st century that will encourage cooperation among all Asia Pacific countries." Full Text» Trip Page»


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