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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 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»


Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Date: 06/01/2015 Description: President Obama listens to a question from a participant in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2015. - State Dept ImageJune 2: As part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, President Obama hosts a meeting with 75 emerging leaders from ASEAN countries at the conclusion of their U.S. Government-sponsored Fellowships. Fact Sheet» Remarks» DipNote»


Civil Society, Youth Leadership and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Date: 05/20/2015 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken gives remarks on democracy and civil society in the region to an audience of young leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia. - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (May 20): "Every nation has to chart its own path to self-government, but what we know is this, there are no short-cuts, there are no half-measures. Democracy is not achieved in a day—let alone on Election Day. It is about more than campaigns, more than votes." Full Text» Press Conference» Photos»


Advancing U.S. Economic Engagement in Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (May 14): "America’s alliances and partnerships guarantee security within the region, as they have for decades. That security has helped the region’s economies grow, along with our own." Full Text»


Maritime Issues in East Asia

Assistant Secretary Russel (May 13): “For nearly 70 years, the United States, along with our allies and partners, has helped to sustain in Asia a maritime regime, based on international law, which has underpinned the region’s stability and remarkable economic growth.” Full Text»