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East Asian and Pacific regionThe Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, currently headed by Assistant Secretary Christopher R. Hill, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Date: 01/08/2009 Description: Deputy Secretary Negroponte in Beijing, China State Dept PhotoU.S-China Relations

Deputy Secretary Negroponte (Jan. 8):  "I first visited China in June of 1972 on a delegation led by Dr. Henry Kissinger at a time when our two countries had lived in political, economic and diplomatic isolation from each other for more than two decades. The changes in our relationship since that time have been truly dramatic. Our two countries have interactions and exchanges across the entire spectrum of human activity on a scale and depth that simply could not have been imagined when we first established diplomatic ties in 1979." Full Statement

Six-Party Talks
Date: 12/02/2008 Description: Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, chief U.S. negotiator for international denuclearization talks with North Korea, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki, director-general of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of Japan
Assistant Secretary Hill (Dec. 11): "[W]e had some very ambitious plans for this round. Unfortunately we're not able to complete some of the things we wanted to do. ... I would say there was a lot of agreement really among a majority of the delegations there, but ultimately the D.P.R.K. was not ready really to reach a verification protocol with all the standards that are required." Full Text | Travel to Asia

U.S.-Indonesia Partnership
Date: 11/14/2008 Description: Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte  and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks at a luncheon hosted by the United States-Indonesian Society, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in Washington. [©AP Image] © AP PhotoDeputy Secretary Negroponte (Nov. 14): "I’m delighted to have this opportunity to welcome President Yudhoyono and to express the United States’ commitment to the close partnership between our countries. As two of the world’s largest democracies, and as two nations that recognize that tolerance, pluralism, and religious freedom enrich our societies and promote our success, the United States and Indonesia are natural friends, and our partnership promotes the many values and interests we share." Full Text

U.S. and South Korea Conclude Agreement
The Republic of Korea and the U.S. have concluded talks on a new Special Measures Agreement (SMA) regarding ROK cost sharing support (also known as burden sharing) for United States Forces Korea for 2009-2013. Media Note

Deputy Secretary Negroponte Travels to China 
Deputy Secretary Negroponte traveled to Beijing on January 7 to meet with Chinese officials and attend events in commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and China. Full Text | More

Burma's Independence Day
Sunday, January 4, 2009 marked the 61st anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule.  Press Statement

U.S.-China Senior Dialogue
The sixth round of the U.S.-China Senior Dialogue took place in Washington D.C. on December 15. Media Note

Secretary Rice Accompanies President Bush to APEC Summit
Date: 11/23/2008 Location: Lima, Peru Description: President George W. Bush, third from right, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, second from left, seen in meeting at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, attending. © AP PhotoAt the 16th annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting, President Bush and fellow APEC leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing economic growth, prosperity, security, and the quality of life for all citizens in the Asia-Pacific community. More

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