A Historic 2015 and More for the U.S. and East Asia Pacific

Washington, DC
March 23, 2016

NARRATOR: 2015 was a historic year for the United States and our Asia-Pacific partners, especially ASEAN. Let’s look at last year’s highlights and

what’s next in 2016. After years of talks, the U.S. and 11 other countries acted to protect workers and the environment while increasing trade, investment and inclusive development by forming TPP: the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

SECRETARY KERRY: This is a big deal.

It’s more than just another trade agreement. Courage and decades of sacrifice paid off when the

people of Burma voted in an historic election. As a result, the opposition party is taking power, advancing Burma’s transition to democracy and respect for civil rights.

The U.S. is working side by side with partners in Asia to support low-carbon, climate-resilient economic growth, and welcomes the contributions of other partners.

China promised unprecedented financial

support to help tackle this crisis.

To further benefit Americans and Southeast Asians through shared economic growth, a cleaner environment, and enhanced security, we launched the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We are already a major investor in ASEAN, and you will continue to have the support and partnership of the United States.

NARRATOR: Our partnership with ASEAN has a strong future thanks to the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, a network that’s already empowering over 60,000 ASEAN youth to lead the region in the years ahead.

In 2015, President Obama hosted the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, Indonesia and China.

So what's next?

Already this year, he’s hosted the 10 ASEAN leaders and the Australian prime minister, and he’s looking forward to two more trips to the region. We’re also working hard to implement the Paris Climate Accord and ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

So, from New Zealand to Indonesia, to Mongolia, to Samoa …

SECRETARY KERRY: The United States is and will remain a leading force for prosperity and security throughout the Asia Pacific.