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Russel On U.S. - ROK, U.S.-Japan Ties


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel speaks after a meeting. (FILE)

From the first days of the Obama Administration, the United States government has stepped up its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.

From the first days of the Obama Administration, the United States government has stepped up its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region. The United States “is focused on dedicating diplomatic, public diplomacy, and assistance resources to the region in a way that is commensurate with the truly comprehensive nature of our engagement,” said Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel before the Senate Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific:

“From the outset, the governing principle of this Administration’s Asia re-balance policy has been to ensure close ties with our partners and allies. Our alliances with the Republic of Korea and with Japan contribute significantly to regional security, stability and prosperity. These alliances are rooted in our shared strategic interest, our deep and growing economic ties, our shared values, and extensive people-to-people connections.”


A key part of this vision for a prosperous and stable region is the long history and successful partnerships between the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, or South Korea.

The importance of the alliance between the United States and Japan cannot be overstated. It is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The two countries coordinate closely on a wide range of issues, including trade, regional and global security, climate and energy. They support each other’s strategic posture and defensive missions, as well as humanitarian response.

Similarly, the alliance between the United States and South Korea is the linchpin of stability and security in Northeast Asia. Over the six decades since the two countries signed their Mutual Defense Treaty, the United States and South Korea have developed a comprehensive global partnership, cooperating at every level on political, economic, social, and cultural issues.

“Strategic cooperation among the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea is essential to developing the security order in Northeast Asia, especially given the threats facing us and our allies from North Korea and other regional uncertainties,” said Assistant Secretary Russel. “Our alliances have never been stronger, and the United States is actively working to deepen our engagement with both countries.”
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