The Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay

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The security and prosperity of the United States are inextricably linked to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific. In fact, our $555 billion in exports to the region last year supported an estimated 2.8 million jobs right here in America.

Read more about the United State’s diplomatic engagement in Asia in 2013 on DipNote!

The United States must continue to forge a Pacific future.
Secretary Kerry in LATimes Op-Ed on Asia, October 18, 2013
The Asia-Pacific region, which we are all a part of, is by far the largest, the fastest-growing, and the most dynamic economic region in the world.
Secretary Kerry at APEC, October 7, 2013
None of what is happening in Washington diminishes one iota our commitment to our partners in Asia.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, October 5, 2013

What happens in the Asia Pacific matters to the rest of the world now more than ever before. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shares his vision of an ever-stronger partnership with the region. What Pacific issues matter most to you and why?

This video was produced by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs in April 2013. It features Secretary of State John Kerry during a speech he gave in Tokyo on April 15, 2013.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership at Tokyo Tech University on Tokyo, Japan on April 14, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207487.htm.

Follow #SecKerry’s Travel to East Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region on April 14, 2013. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department’s Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women’s team would beat Canada’s team in the women’s world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.

Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you’ll discover more reasons to follow our websites and social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you’ll be able to watch the State Department’s daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our@StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary’s remarks live, and we’ll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on FacebookFlickr, and Tumblr.

You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary’s travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea,China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se after their meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2013.

Engaging the Public in the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

An Olive Ridley turtle enters the sea at the Bay of Bengal at the Rushikulya river mouth beach in Ganjam district, India, March 1, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Tara D. Sonenshine serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

March has been a good month for wildlife. 

At its annual meeting, held in Bangkok, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to place new trade limits on sharks, mantas, and turtles for the first time in nearly a decade. 

This is an important step in countering a fishing trade that claims the lives of 100 million sharks a year. There is also widespread fishing of mantas, in response to strong demand in Asia — where many believe mantas’ gill plates have invigorating medicinal qualities. Turtles have existed for 300 million years but are now in serious trouble around the world as they are frequently used as food and in traditional medicines in Asia, and their use in the pet trade… more »

President Obama Meets With the Sultan of Brunei

About the Author: Megan Slack serves at the White House.

On March 12, 2013, President Obama hosted His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office to affirm the relationship between our two countries that dates back more than 160 years.

The two leaders discussed their shared interest in a strong, peaceful, and prosperous Asia-Pacific region, and continued cooperation between our nations on a range of issues.

With Brunei set to host October’s ASEAN East Asia Summit meeting, President Obama said they would be working together on “everything from how we deal with issues of energy and climate change to how we expand commerce, potentially through the Trans-Pacific Partnership that has the opportunity of creating jobs and prosperity…more »