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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."

Shaping the Pacific Century

Date: 04/08/2014 Description: Deputy Secretary William Burns delivers the keynote address at the launch event for the Asia Society Policy Institute, in New York City. © Asia Society Policy Institute

Deputy Secretary Burns (Apr. 8): "As far out as I can see into the 21st century, no region will be more consequential for American interests and for the shape of the global system than the Asia-Pacific." Full Text»


U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. Trilateral Meeting

Date: 04/07/2014 Description: The U.S. -Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Meeting was held at the Department of State (Left to Right)Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara,  Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Glyn Davies, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook. - State Dept ImageApr. 7: These discussions reflect the close ongoing cooperation between our three countries, as well as our common values and interests across the Asia-Pacific region. More»


U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Assistant Secretary Russel (Apr. 3): 'The unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relationship has never been stronger than it is today, and it underscores our firm commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act. " Full Statement»


Human Rights Situation in North Korea

Mar. 17: Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Ambassador Robert King briefs foreign media at the Foreign Press Center on "The Human Rights Situation in North Korea." Full Text»


U.S.-South Korea Relations

Date: 02/13/2014 Description: South Korean President Park Geun-hye greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry upon his arrival at Blue House in Seoul for a bilateral discussion on February 13, 2014. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 13): "I think you know that the President and all of us in America believe that this is an essential alliance, ... and we’re very, very grateful to you for a strong 60 years behind us; now we can plan on the next 60 years." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-Japan Relations

Secretary Kerry (Feb. 7): "The United States and Japan relationship has really long been the cornerstone of the regional peace and security of that region, and it's also a cornerstone of President Obama's Asia rebalance." Full Text»


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