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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 imminently 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."

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»

2014 APEC Ministerial Meeting

Date: 11/08/2014 Location: Beijing, China Description: Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at a news conference on November 8, 2014, after attending the 2014 APEC Ministerial Meeting. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Nov. 8): "APEC is essential to upholding the rules-based system throughout the Asia-Pacific. It is the best way to ensure that all of our economies, big and small economies, have a voice." Full Text» Trip Page» Remarks by President Obama at APEC CEO Summitt»

U.S.-China Relations

Date: 11/04/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on U.S.-China relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., on November 4, 2014. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (Nov. 4): "But there should be no doubt that a key component of our rebalance strategy is also about strengthening U.S-China relations. Why? Because a stronger relationship between our two nations will benefit not just the United States and China, not just the Asia Pacific, but the world." Full Text»

U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 24): "It is safe to say – and everybody reiterated this today – that the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance is stronger than ever." Full Text» More»

U.S.-China Cooperation

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 18): "There are many issues that China and the U.S. are cooperating on, even as we have some differences that we try to manage effectively."Full Text» More» Trip Page»

Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang

Date: 10/01/2014 Description:  Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo before addressing reporters at the Department of State. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (Oct.1): "We talked about dealing with the mitigating of threats from global climate change and also to trying to work together as we develop the targets for next year’s conference in Paris. We also talked about containing Ebola as well as countering the challenge of radical extremism and terrorism, and particularly ISIL." Full Text»

U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

Sept 26: Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, briefs at the New York Foreign Press Center on "U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific." Full Text»