Building on a Strong Foundation of Historic Ties With the Asia-Pacific

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with a member of the Tomodachi program youth in Tokyo, Japan, on July 8, 2012. [State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Economic issues were also at the forefront of our engagement with the Asia-Pacific region in 2012, particularly fostering economic integration and open markets. On March 15, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement — the largest U.S. FTA in nearly two decades — entered into force. This historic agreement is expected to increase goods exports by billions of dollars annually for both sides, supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in both countries. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meetings,…more »

Multilateral Organizations Play Increasingly Important Role in the Asia-Pacific

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for the ASEAN family photo in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on July 12, 2012. [State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Regional multilateral organizations play an increasingly important role in the Asia-Pacific and the United States further strengthened its engagement with these institutions. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), East Asia Summit (EAS), and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) all play a vital role in mobilizing common action for shared concerns. President Obama made his fifth trip to the region in November to attend the East Asia Summit and meet the leaders of the 10 member states of ASEAN. The trip included… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell and National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel participate in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, Japan, January 17, 2013. [State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain]

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell and National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel participate in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, Japan, January 17, 2013. [State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain]

Demonstrating U.S. Commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region

U.S. President Barack Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speak to the press at her residence in Burma, Nov. 19, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

This was an historic and consequential year for U.S. diplomatic relations with the Asia-Pacific region. Following Secretary Clinton’s announcement of a “pivot" to Asia in late 2011, the United States substantially increased efforts to refocus and strengthen its relationships across the Asia-Pacific. We witnessed dramatic improvements in our bilateral relationships and an unprecedented level of engagement with the region’s multilateral institutions. As the Secretary said, the Asia-Pacific is a key driver of global politics and home to the world’s fastest growing economies. As a Pacific power, the United States is irrevocably and geographically bound to the region and our future security and prosperity will be largely defined by events and developments there. With that in mind, the Bureau of East Asian… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell delivers remarks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on December 13, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/p/eap/rls/rm/2012/12/201682.htm.

Assistant Secretary Kurt Campbell Travels to San Francisco, Tokyo, and Seoul October 23-27

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 23, 2012


Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell will travel to San Francisco, Tokyo, and Seoul October 23-27.

Assistant Secretary Campbell will host Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai for the fourth U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations in San Francisco on October 23.

Assistant Secretary Campbell will travel to Tokyo October 24 and will meet with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai and other senior officials October 25-26 to discuss bilateral issues and U.S.-Japan coordination on regional and global issues such as Burma, Iran, and Syria.

Assistant Secretary Campbell will continue to Seoul October 26-27 to meet with Republic of Korea Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-Hyun and other senior officials to continue our close consultation and coordination on the broad range issues of importance to our alliance, including the DPRK, economic issues, and regional cooperation.

Assistant Secretary Campbell will return to Washington, DC, October 27.

Jill Dougherty of CNN Interviews Assistant Secretary Campbell on Chen Guangcheng

Interview
Kurt M. Campbell
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Beijing, China
May 2, 2012


QUESTION: Let’s start with this issue of whether he wanted to leave the Embassy or didn’t want to leave the Embassy. Because some of his friends are saying that Mr. Chen was threatened with his wife being killed if he didn’t leave.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY CAMPBELL: Well, all I can say is I spent an enormous amount of time with him over the course of the last several days. And we have very strict protocols on how we handle these things, and I saw, on at least three occasions, our wonderful ambassador here, Ambassador Locke, ask him specifically, as we are required to do with witnesses around: Mr. Chen, are you ready to leave the Embassy voluntarily? And each time he said, “Zou,” which means let’s do it, let’s go.

And we’re going to be putting some pictures out, and I think what you’re going to see from these is he is excited; he is happy. I think he’s anticipating the struggles ahead, but let me just say that there were a lot – there was a lot of hugging and a lot of really quite genuine warmth between him and us. And I think everyone felt that we had served his interests and we’d worked closely with him in a manner that brought his family together that had been torn apart years ago and really had done something that gives him a chance to have a productive life. It’s not going to be easy, but that’s what he wanted, and we were very grateful to be able to support him. MORE

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell testifies on U.S. Policy Toward Burma before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell comments on North Korea at the United Nations in New York, New York on April 16, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]