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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 inextricably 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."

America and the Asia Pacific: Partners in Prosperity

Date: 08/04/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on U.S.-Singaporean relations and U.S.-Asia trade and investment policy on August 4, 2015, at Singapore Management University in Singapore, Singapore. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 4): "Our commitment to the notion of Pacific nation and an engagement level that is increased in the region is why – 70 years after the end of World War II – we are promoting a stable, transparent, and rules-based order for the 21st century that will encourage cooperation among all Asia Pacific countries." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-New Zealand Relationship

Date: 07/27/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry and New Zealander Foreign Minister Murray McCully address reporters before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2015. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 27): "We have a long and very close working relationship with New Zealand on any number of issues. New Zealand’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership was early and strong. They are a critical partner with us in all of the efforts of the ASEAN, the Southeast Asia Pacific efforts, the APEC, and the East Asia Summit." Full Text»


Secretary Kerry Welcomes Mongolian Foreign Minister

Date: 07/15/2015 Description: Secretary Kerry and Mongolian Foreign Minister Pose for a Photo Before Their Bilateral Meeting in Washington - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (July 15): "I’m delighted to welcome Foreign Minister Purevsuren, and just to affirm that the United States is really, first of all, happy to congratulate our friends in Mongolia on 25 years of democracy." Full Text»


U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Date: 06/23/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) / Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) Joint Opening Session at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2015.  - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (June 23): "When other nations see China and the United States working together, it tends to galvanize their own efforts. It tends to increase their focus on similar issues."Full Text» Remarks on Climate» More»


U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Annual Gala

Deputy Secretary Blinken (June 15): "For over three decades now, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council has expanded economic ties, accelerated growth, and opened new doors of opportunity for both American and ASEAN citizens." Full Text»