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Deputy Secretary Negroponte: Travel to Korea, Japan, and China

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura before their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Friday, May 9, 2008. © AP Images
Reaffirming U.S.-Japan Relations
(May 11):
"I’ve been here for two days of meetings, excellent discussions with the Chief Cabinet Secretary, with the Foreign Minister, and with the Minister of Defense, where we had an opportunity to review the range of issues affecting our relationship, principally in the security and in the political areas. We also discussed regional issues of mutual concern such as the situation in the Korean peninsula and the negotiations for denuclearization of the peninsula. So, I would say overall that it was an excellent round of meetings where both sides, I think, had the opportunity to reaffirm their strong interests and strong commitment to our alliance which, as far as the United States is concerned, is the cornerstone of our policy and our relationships here in the East Asia and Pacific region."

Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte traveled to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing May 7 to 12 for discussions with his counterparts on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

Deputy Secretary Negroponte consulted with these key partners on recent developments in the region, exchanging views on political and economic issues, and strengthening close ties and cooperation on a range of regional and global issues. [Photos from Japan]

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Negroponte
--05/12/08 Remarks With Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
--05/12/08 Remarks With State Councilor Dai Bingguo
--05/12/08 Remarks With Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Yi
--05/11/08 Remarks With Deputy Chief of the PLA General Staff Ma Xiaotian
--05/11/08 Remarks Upon Departure From Japan
--05/09/08 Remarks After Meeting with Defense Minister Ishiba
--05/09/08 Remarks after Meeting with Foreign Minister Koumura
--05/09/08 Remarks at the Start of the Meeting with Defense Minister Ishiba
--05/09/08 Remarks to Press in Tokyo
--05/08/08 Remarks Upon Arrival in Japan
--05/08/08 Q&A After Meeting With MOFAT Officials
--05/08/08 Remarks After Breakfast With MOFAT Minister Yu Myung-hwan


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