Deputy Secretary of State Burns will travel to Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, and Mongolia, April 22-29.
In Tokyo April 23-24, Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with senior Japanese officials to further our close and long-standing cooperation with Japan on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.
April 24-25 in Beijing, Deputy Secretary Burns will meet with senior Chinese officials to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual concern.
April 26, he will travel to Almaty to lead the U.S. delegation to the “Heart of Asia” Conference and meet with senior officials and representatives from a number of participating governments, including Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. This is the third ministerial-level meeting of the Istanbul Process, which was established 18 months ago to foster greater regional political, security, and economic cooperation.
Deputy Secretary Burns will arrive in Seoul April 27 where he will meet with senior South Korean officials and discuss a wide range of global, regional, and bilateral issues, including North Korea.
He will lead the U.S. delegation to the seventh Ministerial of the Community of Democracies April 28-29, in Ulaanbaatar.