Rick Waters is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. In this role, he supervises the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs and the Taiwan Coordination staff and has day-to- day responsibility for our diplomatic missions in China and Mongolia and our relationship with the American Institute in Taipei. His previous roles at the State Department include Executive Assistant to Under Secretary of State David Hale, Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and Political Counselor positions at Embassies Beijing and Islamabad and Consulate General Jerusalem. Rick has served multiple tours in China including 1998-2001, during the accidental bombing of the Belgrade Embassy and the EP3 Hainan Island crisis. His Department tours include staff assistant to Bill Burns, Deputy Director in the Office of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, and Middle East action officer in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Rick speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.