Follow #SecKerry's Travel to East Asia

Posted by Richard Buangan
April 12, 2013
Secretary Kerry To Deliver Remarks on the Asia-Pacific on April 14

Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department's Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women's team would beat Canada's team in the women's world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.

Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you'll discover more reasons to visit our websites and follow our social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you'll be able to watch the State Department's daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our @StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary's remarks live, and we'll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr.

You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary's travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.



Eleanor M.
April 11, 2013

Eleanor M. in Australia writes:

Please take your US troops out of the Northern Territory of Australia. We are not the 51st State of America. You want to control the entire globe and we do not want your underhanded, criminal activities on our homeland. Please go.

Virginia, USA
April 12, 2013

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

@ Eleanor M. in Australia

We have never considered the outback to be our 51th State in the United States. The purpose of those troops is most likely to support the anti-terrorist alert happening in Asia. I have always liked the Aussies until I heard your statement. Australia has always been a key ally with United States. Quite frankly, I don't ever see Australia becoming our 51th state. Making a statement of underhanded, criminal activites is quite disturbing when our country has supported Australia on many occasions. Responding to control, it's doubtful United States can control the world, we have hard enough time in our own country and problems to deal with on a daily basis. I hope the State Department and Defense Ministers will have a chat about this comment.

Ashim C.
April 12, 2013

Ashim C. in India writes:

It would be interesting to see what Asian issues Mr. John Kerry emphasises on and how he defines role of China as part of the solution of Asia Pacific and Afpak region affairs post withdrawal of US from there. China & US are both extremely pro-active in these regions. Therefore, there has to be some understanding, which may well be secret, between them on core issues of the region. How little but substantively Mr. John Kerry and other leaders of the region talk on North Korea's posturing to play North Korea down will send the right message to KIM. This is an occassion for leaders of the region to assert their determination not to be drawn into arms race in the region and in extended Asia. US defense deployments are sufficient to maintain peace and development in whole of Asia. In fact US can share it's strategic capabilities with all Asian countries at levels, which match threat perceptions of individual countries under affordable leasing arrangement under joint command of individual countries and US. That would be some justification for overloads of US strategic capabilities developed at huge cost and save these countries huge outgo on defense preparedness. That saving can be used for importing technolgy and services from US and Europe .

New Mexico, USA
April 12, 2013

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Donald M. ,

I think Eleanor is simply voicing her concern that our folks stationed in Darwin in cooperative training with Aussie armed forces will be competing in the annual "Beer can flotilla" this May, and we may in fact exert some control over the flow of Fosters, to which may result in a shortage of said "oil" among the locals.


@ Ashim C. in India,

Personally I think china has just about arrived at a moment of clarity and realization that they can either be a part of the problem , or work with the US and allies to become a part of the global solution to maintain peace and enhance prosperity in both regions you mentioned.

It must be clear at this point that it's kind of late in the game to be making the choice, but if China chooses wisely it would be better late than never.


Donald R.
District Of Columbia, USA
April 15, 2013

Donald R. in Washington writes:

Perhaps a cultural exchange program between North Korea and other nations would help to normalize relations with the rest of the world. Right now most North Koreans have nothing to compare with and most likely believe they live better than the rest of the world.

Miss/Ma K.
April 23, 2013

Ma Su Su K. in Burma writes:

(1) to create job opportunities and fill the needs of young people as part of policy makers,

(2) to reduce umemployments and boost economy in developing economy in developing countries,

(3) to give education to the young people,

(4) to review and revise on Miss. Hillary's Administration as a crisis management.


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