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Russel On U.S. - Asia Policy In 2014


An officer stands by goods for trade at Tan Thanh Border Gate in Vietnam. (D. Schearf/VOA)

“The U.S. is firmly committed to our engagement and our rebalance strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.”

“The U.S. is firmly committed to our engagement and our rebalance strategy in the Asia-Pacific region,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. “We’re dedicating more diplomatic resources, more public diplomacy resources, more assistance resources to advance our objectives in the region, and to do so in a way that’s commensurate with the really comprehensive nature of our engagement.”

We’re dedicating more diplomatic resources, more public diplomacy resources, more assistance resources to advance our objectives in the region."
As part of the U.S. strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region, over upcoming months the United States will continue to deepen its engagement on trade and investment, environmental cooperation, enhancing our treaty alliances, strengthening our partnerships with civil society, and promoting democratic development.

Building on our deep and sustained economic ties with the Asia-Pacific region, including through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is central to America’s rebalance policy and will remain a major focus in 2014.

President Obama framed the rebalance by emphasizing that the Asia-Pacific is critical to achieving his highest priority — creating jobs and opportunity for the American people. “On the economic front, the U.S. strongly believes that investing time, energy, mind share, and material in the Asia-Pacific region is a smart investment.”



Assistant Secretary Russel said U.S. commitment to stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region is evidenced by recent visits to the region by Vice President Joe Biden and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

“You should expect to see more travel in 2014 by President [Barack] Obama, by Secretary [of State John] Kerry, by Secretary [of Defense Chuck] Hagel and Secretary [of Commerce Penny] Pritzker and many other high-level officials and members of the Cabinet,” he said. “They will go to Asia because the Asia-Pacific region matters so much to the United States.”
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