Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

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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. Cooperation With New Zealand

Date: 11/10/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With New Zealand Foreign Minister McCully Before Their Meeting in Christchurch - State Dept ImageSecretary Kerry (Nov. 10): "I want to express the appreciation of President Obama and the American people for the tremendous cooperation with New Zealand on so many issues. First of all, New Zealand is just wrapping up a tour of the UN Security Council." Full Text»Trip Page»

The U.S. and the Philippines

Date: 11/03/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Swears in Sung Kim as the New U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Nov. 3): "We continue to recognize our ironclad commitment to the sovereignty, independence, and security of the Philippines.... And we will continue to consult openly and honestly on issues of impact to both of our countries." Full Text»

U.S. and South Korea

Date: 10/28/2016 Description: Deputy Secretary Blinken Addresses Students at Seoul National University - State Dept Image

Deputy Secretary Blinken (Oct. 28): "South Korea is a nation that has faced down war, faced down poverty, faced down political chaos, faced down division to emerge as an economic powerhouse, a vibrant democracy, and a donor partner that itself now provides aid to those in need. South Korea is a nation that has instinctively understood the only way to really predict the future is to create it." Full Text» U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral»

U.S.-Vietnam Relationship

Date: 10/25/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry and Vietnamese Executive Secretary Huynh Address Reporters in Washington - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 25): "We are working on ... initiatives now as we strengthen the relationship between the United States and Vietnam, which has really gone through an extraordinary evolution." Full Text»

U.S.-ROK "2+2" Ministerial Meeting

Date: 10/19/2016 Description: Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Following Their Press Conference in Washington - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Oct. 19): "Now, shared security is really at the top of our agenda. It’s at the center of our relationship. And the forefront of our security concerns remains the provocative actions and the policies of North Korea." Full Text» More»