Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Hong Kong, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, and China October 5-11, 2011.
Arriving in Tokyo on October 6, Assistant Secretary Campbell will meet with senior Japanese officials from various ministries to discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues.
He will travel to Seoul on October 7, where he will meet with senior Korean officials, including from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in advance of President Lee Myung-bak’s upcoming State Visit to the United States.
Assistant Secretary Campbell will travel to Hong Kong on October 8 and meet on October 9 with members of the American Chamber of Commerce. Later that day he will travel to Brunei Darussalam for meetings with senior Bruneian officials. He will also participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the New Embassy Compound.
Assistant Secretary Campbell travels to Bangkok on October 10 to meet with the new government in Thailand. He will underscore the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Thailand alliance, and review progress on a range of bilateral and regional issues.
He will continue on to Beijing, arriving on October 11 to meet with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai for the second round of U.S.-China Consultations on the Asia-Pacific. The consultations are an outcome of the third U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in May, and reflect the shared commitment expressed in the joint statements of our leaders to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship.
Assistant Secretary Campbell departs for Washington, D.C., on October 11.