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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.-China Relations

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 27): "The relationship that we have been working on with China paved the way for a landmark joint announcement on climate change that galvanized the international community to reach a global climate agreement in Paris." Full Text» Testimony on the Obama Administration Policy in the Asia-Pacific»


North Korea

Date: 04/18/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Addresses Reporters After Meetings With Senior Japanese Officials and Scientists in Tokyo. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Apr. 18): "But right here in the region, the main area of concern is North Korea and the actions that it continues to take to develop its missile and nuclear programs. And we’re working very closely together on that." Full Text»


Budget Priorities for East Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (Apr. 19): "The “Rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific reflects a profound recognition that our nation’s security and prosperity will be largely defined by events and developments in the region over the next century." Full Statement»


Trans-Pacific Partnership

Date: 04/12/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Speaks About Pacific Trade Policy Before the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Apr. 12): "We are pursuing economic policies that reflect the dynamic nature of the era in which we live. And one of the central pillars of our leadership is to negotiate and adopt 21st century agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP." Full Text»


U.S. Partnership With Japan

Date: 04/10/2016 Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stands with his counterparts from from Canada, Italy, the European Union, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom in front of the Itsukishima Shrine on Miyajima Island off Hiroshima, Japan, on April 10, 2016, following a tour and cultural performance preceding a working dinner after the first round of discussions in the G7 Ministerial Meetings. - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Apr. 10): "Japan’s role has been significant on Ebola, Afghanistan, Syria, human rights, and we’re very appreciative and we will continue to work together as friends." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S.-Vietnam Relationship

Date: 03/30/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Minh Address Reporters in Washington - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 30): "I’m very happy to have a chance to talk this afternoon about the major progress that we have been making in the relationship with Vietnam in the last few years, particularly with the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Vietnam is going to be making major steps forward on its economic policy." Full Text» More»