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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."

U.S.-Asia Regional Order

Under Secretary Sherman (Feb. 27):"America’s security and prosperity are inextricably and increasingly linked with the Asia-Pacific." Full Text»


U.S. Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

Date: 02/13/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Antony ''Tony'' Blinken delivers remarks on U.S. economic policy in the East Asia and Pacific Region at an event hosted by the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, or Keizai Doyukai, in Tokyo, Japan. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Feb. 13): "We have this policy that we call the rebalance, and it has several pillars, each of which contributes in substantial ways to facilitating and supporting this region’s growth and economic dynamism." Full Text» Photos» More on Travel»


U.S.-Republic of Korea Partnership

Date: 02/09/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary of State Antony ''Tony'' Blinken meets with First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yong at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, South Korea, on February 9, 2015.  - State Dept ImageDeputy Secretary Blinken (Feb. 8): "The partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea is increasingly a global partnership and that’s something I very much look forward to working on." Full Text» Photos» More»

U.S. Policy Priorities for the East Asian and Pacific Region in 2015

Feb. 4: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel provides an overview of 2015 U.S. policy priorities and objectives for the East Asian and Pacific region. Full Text»


From a Swift Boat to a Sustainable Mekong

Date: 12/15/2014 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rides a boat through the Mekong River Delta. Along the winding muddy waters of the Mekong Delta where he once patrolled for communist insurgents on a naval gunboat, Secretary of State Kerry turned his sights on a new enemy: climate change. © AP ImageSecretary Kerry (Feb. 2): "The challenge is clear: The entire Mekong region must implement a broad strategy that makes sure future growth does not come at the expense of clean air, clean water, and a healthy ecosystem." Full Text» Fact Sheet»

Denuclearization of North Korea

Date: 01/28/2015 Description: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim (right) stands with South Korea's Hwang Joon-kook and Japan's Junichi Ihara as they begin trilateral talks on North Korean denuclearization. - State Dept Image

Ambassador Kim (Jan .28): "Not surprisingly, we stand united. The three countries are united in our common pursuit of the denuclearization of North Korea. We will continue our closest possible coordination going forward." Full Text»


U.S.-Asia Rebalance and Priorities

Date: 01/27/2015 Description: Remarks by Assistant Secretary Danny Russel Remarks for the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) on the U.S.-Asia Rebalance and Priorities - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Russel (Jan. 27): "The rebalance to Asia also supports Cambodia regionally through our upgraded relations with the entire region, particularly with ASEAN. President Obama increased our engagement with ASEAN by opening an embassy and sending our first – and now second – resident ambassador, and by deciding to personally participate in the East Asia Summit." Full Text» More»


U.S. Engagement in the Asia-Pacific

Date: 01/26/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Danny Russel delivers remarks the Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Russel (Jan. 26): "The United States is also a Pacific nation. We are a resident Pacific power, and our prosperity and our security is closely linked -- inextricably linked -- with that of Asia." Full Text» Interview»