June 6: Next Steps in the United States and Asia Partnership

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June 6, 2012: Next Steps in the United States and Asia Partnership
(Click to enlarge) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Yun answers questions from the audience at an off-the-record program at the East-West Center in Washington.
(Click to enlarge)Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Yun answers questions from the audience at an off-the-record program at the East-West Center in Washington.

Next Steps in the United States and Asia Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2012) – United States engagement with Asia saw a banner year in 2011; with highlights such as the American host year of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, the passage of the Korea-US free trade agreement (KORUS), and the largest ever joint US-Japan humanitarian relief/disaster assistance mission, “Operation Tomodachi.” In a luncheon at the East-West Center in Washington, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Yun discussed how the US can maintain this positive momentum in the Asia Pacific region, which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named “critical to America's future.”

DPAS Yun spoke about broad aspects of the relationship between the United States and Asia, and identified key areas that the United States needs to focus on in order to reach the full potential of the relationship. He noted the accomplishments of the Obama administration in its effort to make Asia the focus of its foreign policy, and went on to outline some objectives for the United States to reach toward over the course of the next year in order to build on the these accomplishments. The goals that DPAS Yun enumerated would improve cooperation and allow for more positive developments to occur in the future.

Joseph Y. Yun is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the U.S. Department of State. His previous assignment was as Deputy Assistant Secretary. Mr. Yun is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. His overseas assignments have been in South Korea, Thailand, France, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Before joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985 Mr. Yun was senior economist for Data Resources, Inc.