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Outlining Strategic Challenges Facing the US in Asia Pacific

US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. (Issei Kato-Pool/Getty Images)

US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. (Issei Kato-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC, October 21, 2010 - Asia Society hosted a breakfast briefing at which Assistant Secretary of State, Kurt Campbell, described the current strategic opportunities and challenges facing the US Administration in the Asia-Pacific.

Campbell offered a prelude of President Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia during which he will visit India, South Korea, Japan, and Indonesia.  He also outlined Secretary of State Clinton’s agenda on her 14-day tour of the region, which includes stopovers in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand.

The purpose of these visits, Campbell said, was to strengthen US relations with key allies in the region and reinforce strategic and economic ties. In particular, he stressed the value of close relations with Japan and South Korea, as well as the importance of passing the KORUS FTA in the coming year.

Reported by Kate Rosin, Asia Society Washington