David R. Stilwell will visit Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Thailand, July 10–21, 2019, in his first trip as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
He will visit Tokyo, July 11-14, to meet senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the National Security Council to coordinate efforts on regional and global issues, and deepen the U.S.-Japan Alliance in pursuit of our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
In Manila, on July15-16, Assistant Secretary Stilwell, along with Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver, will lead the U.S. delegation to the Eighth U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD). The BSD is the principal forum for discussing the broad spectrum of U.S.-Philippines cooperation, including defense, economics, rule of law, and regional diplomacy.
On July 17 Assistant Secretary Stilwell will continue his consultations in Seoul, meeting with top Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Blue House officials to discuss further strengthening the Alliance and enhancing U.S.-ROK cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
Assistant Secretary Stilwell will conclude his trip in Bangkok, July 18-19, where he will engage officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister on bilateral priorities and Thailand’s year as chair of ASEAN. He will also meet business leaders in the US-ASEAN Business Council.
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