On July 27, 2010, Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell testified before the House Armed Services Committee. Assistant Secretary Campbell said:
"The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of our engagement in the Asia-Pacific. The alliance has provided a basis for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific for a half-century and has -- in many ways -- underwritten the 'Asian economic miracle' and the spread of democratic governance throughout the region. This year the United States and Japan are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, a historic milestone that offers both an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past and, perhaps more importantly, to chart a forward-looking course for this relationship to ensure that it is well positioned to manage issues of consequence both in the region and beyond.
"The Obama Administration entered office with a deep appreciation of the strategic importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Then-Prime Minister Taro Aso was the first foreign leader to meet with President Obama. Japan was President Obama's first stop on his first visit to East Asia as President. Secretary Clinton's maiden voyage as Secretary of State was to Asia, and it was no coincidence that her first stop was in Japan. As the world's first and second largest economies the U.S. and Japan have worked closely to contribute to the global economic recovery.
"Together, the United States and Japan bring tremendous capability and creativity to bear on the challenges the world faces today."
Read the Assistant Secretary's full statement here.