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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

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»

U.S.-Australia Partnership

Date: 01/21/2015 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop responds to a reporter's question at the U.S. Department of State. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Jan. 21): " Our partnership at every single level simply could not be functioning more effectively, more comfortably, more easily. We are aligned on issue after issue." Full Text»

The North Korean Threat

Special Representative Kim (Jan. 13): "North Korea is one of the most difficult and complicated challenges the United States faces. As we respond to its destabilizing, provocative, and repressive policies and actions around the world, we appreciate the interest and attention you and the Committee have given to this issue." Full Text»

Coming Year in East Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (Dec. 16) :"The coming year presents us with another particularly sensitive set of issues – the anniversaries we will mark in 2015. It is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 50th anniversary of normalization between Seoul and Tokyo. 1945 saw the creation of the UN, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States occupation of Japan, Korea’s independence, but also its division, and Nationalist China’s deal to recognize Mongolia’s independence (a country I’d note that next year will celebrate 25 years as a democracy)." Full Text»

U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement

Date: 11/12/2014 Description: President Obama speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, as Secretary Kerry (center) and U.S. Ambassador to China Baucus (left) listen. © AP Image

Nov. 12: The two countries announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change, recognizing that these actions are part of the longer range effort to transition to low-carbon economies. Joint Announcement»White House Fact Sheet» DipNote» Op-Ed»