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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

U.S. Engagement With the Asia Pacific

Date: 11/22/2015 Description: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. © AP Image President Obama (Nov. 22): "The Asia Pacific is absolutely critical to promoting security, prosperity and human dignity around the world. That's why I've devoted so much of my foreign policy to deepening America's engagement with this region." Full Text»


Date: 11/18/2015 Description: President Barack Obama speaks at the CEO Summit ahead of the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Manila, Philippines. © AP Image

President Obama (Nov. 18): "We're working to boost economic growth that's inclusive, that benefits all people. ... Here at APEC, we're working to deepen our economic cooperation in a way that is sustainable for our communities." Full Text» GES Video»TPP Remarks» TPP Statement»

U.S.-Asia Policy Update

Date: 11/04/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Russel speaks on U.S.-Asia Policy Update at the Asia Society in New York City.  - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Russel (Nov. 4): "There’s a lot going on in our relations with the Asia-Pacific right now. We’re seeing a substantial return on our investment in the Rebalance. So what I’d like to do is describe six important events and the trends they reflect, and then open it up for discussion."Full Text»

U.S.-Republic of Korea

Date: 10/14/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry Chats With South Korean President Park at a Dinner in Held in Her Honor in Washington - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 14): "In times that are good and in those that are not so good, our countries have always had each other’s back. That is a pretty worthwhile tradition to continue, and from the feeling in this room tonight and the presence of so many important and distinguished guests, I have no doubt that we will continue." Full Text»

2015 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations

Date: 10/13/2015 Description: Secretaries Kerry, Carter Shake Hands With Their Australian Counterparts, Ministers Bishop and Payne, Before the Annual AUSMIN Meetings in Boston - State Dept Image

Oct. 13: Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Defence Marise Payne, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter met in Boston for the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. Joint Statement» Press Availability»

Rebalance to Asia

Date: 10/06/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken and South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Address Reporters After Their Meeting in Seoul - State Dept ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Oct. 8): "This is evidence of the importance that President Obama attaches to the rebalance to Asia, and to the fact that our interests in the United States are so fundamentally joined here. And at the very heart of that rebalance is our Alliance with South Korea." Full Text»


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