United States – ASEAN: 40th Anniversary Facts

  United States –ASEAN: 40 Years of Partnership For the last 40 years, the United States has partnered with ASEAN and its member states on economic engagement, security, rule of law, sustainable development, human rights, and people-to-people programming. The U.S. congratulates ASEAN on its 50th anniversary and is honored to celebrate 40 years as a ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S.-ASEAN Connect

FACT SHEET: U.S.-ASEAN Connect Strategic Partners for Sustainable and Innovative Economic Growth September 08, 2016 Connect Represents the Next Chapter in the U.S. -ASEAN Economic Relationship U.S.-ASEAN Connect (“Connect”) is the U.S. Government’s strategic framework for economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Member States.  Connect was announced by ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos

September 08, 2016 Deepening Ties, Confronting Challenges, and Creating Opportunities Today, President Obama led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.–ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos. The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been partners for nearly 40 years, working together on shared goals of stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia. ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative – Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos

FACT SHEET: Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative – Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos September 2016 As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama met with 350 emerging leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.  These youth attended the three-day YSEALI Summit in Luang Prabang, Laos, which ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts to Address Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Migration

The United States is a strong advocate for increased international cooperation and responsibility-sharing on irregular migration, refugee, and trafficking in persons issues in East Asia and the Pacific. At today’s East Asia Summit (EAS), the region’s leaders responded to President Obama’s call for strengthened cooperation by endorsing the EAS Leaders’ “Declaration on Strengthening Responses to ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. – ASEAN Connect

Fact Sheet U.S.-ASEAN Connect is a new U.S. government initiative, announced by President Obama at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, CA, that will strengthen the United States economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Member States (AMS).  Strong economic ties are at the core of the United States and ASEAN’s ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release 12 February, 2016 Engagement with Southeast Asia, a strategically important, economically dynamic region at the heart of the Asia-Pacific, is a central pillar of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia.  Sitting astride some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is ...
Read More»

Brochure: The United States Mission to ASEAN

ASEAN is vital to America’s future. The United States Mission to ASEAN partners with ASEAN and related stakeholders to advance U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and integrated Southeast Asia that respects the rule of law, upholds the dignity of its people and actively addresses regional and global concerns. The United States began engaging with ...
Read More»

Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership (2016 – 2020)

This Plan of Action is aimed at implementing the goals and objectives of the Joint Statement on the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership, the Joint Vision Statement on the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership, and the ASEAN-U.S. Summits, to strengthen the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership for Enduring Peace and Prosperity. It will continue to pursue the goals and objectives of ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Economic Engagement

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   ASEAN is a significant trade and investment partner for the United States.  Collectively, the 10 countries of ASEAN represent the United States’ fourth-largest goods trading partner, ahead of Japan, with $216 billion in two-way goods trade in 2014.  In 2014, U.S. goods exports to ASEAN were $79 billion, ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Relations

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Today, President Obama led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.–ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been partners for nearly 40 years, working together on shared goals of stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia.  The decision today to ...
Read More»

Joint Statement on the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   We, Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America, gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21 November 2015 for the 3rd ASEAN-U.S. Summit. Today, we elevated our relationship to the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership to strengthen ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama will meet today with 500 emerging leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.  The meeting will take place at the three-day YSEALI Summit, the largest ever gathering of alumni from the United States’ initiative to strengthen ...
Read More»

U.S. Engagement in the 2015 ASEAN Regional Forum

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC On August 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), an annual gathering of foreign ministers and senior officials representing 26 countries from Pakistan to the Pacific Rim and the European Union. ...
Read More»

White House on Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama will host a meeting today with 75 emerging leaders from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries at the conclusion of their U.S. Government-sponsored Fellowships. The President will engage ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: The G-20 Brisbane Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The G-20 is the world’s premier forum for economic policy cooperation – where Leaders representing economies generating 85 percent of global GDP assemble around the table to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth and to address urgent global economic challenges. The Brisbane G-20 Summit ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today in Rangoon, Burma, President Obama announced a significant expansion of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at a town hall with 400 youth from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). YSEALI is the President’s signature initiative to ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: New Initiative to Improve Labor Rights in Burma

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   Today the United States, together with the Governments of Burma, Japan, and Denmark, and the International Labor Organization (ILO), launched the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar. The Initiative will help modernize Burma’s labor code, improve compliance with international ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Burma

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   U.S. assistance to Burma reflects the U.S. government’s goal of supporting Burma’s democratic and economic transition.  Since 2012, the U.S. government has provided over $225 million in assistance to Burma (FY 2012-2013).  In FY 2014, the United States provided over $150 million in ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   Today, President Obama met with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and foreign ministers and the ASEAN Secretariat’s Secretary-General at the 2nd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. President Obama reaffirmed the importance of U.S.-ASEAN ties as a crucial element of ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release President Obama and President Xi recognize the importance of economic relations at the core of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. The two Presidents commit to deepen bilateral economic ties. To this end, the United States and China commit to pursue policies that promote more open ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: APEC Efforts to Support Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Resilience

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release In recent years, the Asia-Pacific region has endured a series of devastating natural disasters–including the China Yunnan Earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan, the 2011 Southeast Asia floods, the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the 2010 Chile Earthquake, to name a few.  APEC’s 21 member economies account ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: APEC Leaders Commit to Protect the Environment

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Protecting the environment is a top priority for the United States. President Obama has repeatedly stressed the importance of the environment as “front and center” in American diplomacy, trade, and economic policy. This commitment has been evident in the substantial steps taken by the United States ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Key Infrastructure Initiatives Supporting U.S. Economic Priorities Work in the G20 and APEC

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Infrastructure investment is essential for achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth.  Having highly interconnected and dependable transportation networks, a reliable electric grid, and well-run and maintained water infrastructure means we can efficiently move goods to market, improve access to good jobs, and enhance the ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: APEC Breaks Down Barriers to Women’s Economic Participation

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release President Barack Obama and other Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum made historic commitments today in Beijing to advance women’s economic participation.  The UN estimates that the APEC region loses upwards of $89 billion in GDP a year due to laws, policies, ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Promoting Energy Security and Clean, Efficient, and Sustainable Energy Development in the APEC Region

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   APEC’s member economies account for approximately 60 percent of global energy demand and increasing energy consumption due to growing populations and urbanization poses a real challenge to the region’s economic sustainability. In addition, the APEC region is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Fulfilling Leaders’ Instructions on Quality in Higher Education

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   As the global financial crisis swept the APEC region and the world, APEC Leaders emphasized the importance of education and training as a major pillar of APEC’s inclusive growth strategy.  APEC has since focused more explicitly on access to quality higher education and ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: Leading the Fight Against Corruption and Bribery

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Across the Asia-Pacific Region Today, President Obama and APEC Leaders agreed to elevate their efforts in fighting corruption and bribery across the Asia-Pacific region.  Leaders encouraged APEC Member Economies to enhance cross-border cooperation in combating public corruption, business bribery, money laundering, and illicit trade.  ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: APEC Leaders Agree on Actions to Promote Regional Economic Integration and Trade

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Strengthening regional economic integration (REI) in the Asia-Pacific region by removing barriers to trade and investment remains the core mission of APEC and was one of the main themes for work in APEC in 2014.  This year, APEC Leaders agreed on a series of ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release President Obama Announces Ambitious 2025 Target to Cut U.S. Climate Pollution by 26-28 Percent from 2005 Levels Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, today President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, Secretary Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The meeting continued 37 years of high-level U.S.-ASEAN engagement since the United States became an ASEAN dialogue partner in 1977. This meeting brought the U.S. Secretary of State together with the ...
Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance to Burma

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   Building on a long legacy of support for the aspirations of the Burmese people, the United States is providing assistance to deepen and accelerate Burma’s political, economic, and social transition; promote and strengthen respect for human rights; deliver the benefits of reform to the country’s people; and support ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: United States-Philippines Bilateral Relations

President Obama visited the Philippines from April 28-29 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the alliance, and to discuss with President Aquino our strategic vision for the bilateral relationship.  The President noted our shared history, shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, commitment to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and commitment to build ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth

The Partnership for Growth (PFG), a whole of government effort resulting from President Obama’s September 2010 Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, is a high-level initiative focused on economic growth in countries committed to good governance.  The PFG aligns with policy reform areas outlined by President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Philippine Development Plan. ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, President Obama hosted a town hall with youth from across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).  YSEALI is the President’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking ...
Read More»

Addressing Climate Change: A Top U.S. Priority

March 11, 2014 “The global climate challenge is about opportunity, security, even our very survival in the long term.” – Secretary of State John Kerry Climate change is one of our most urgent, complex, and far-reaching challenges. It also presents opportunities to strengthen U.S. and global security and promote economic growth. Urgent Action Needed Climate ...
Read More»

The State Department and USAID Budget

“America is proud to be more engaged than ever, and, I believe, is playing as critical a role, perhaps as critical as ever, in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and stability in various parts of the world.” -Secretary of State John Kerry With just over 1 percent of the federal budget, the State Department and USAID ...
Read More»

The East Asia-Pacific Rebalance: Expanding U.S. Engagement

“As a Pacific nation that takes our Pacific partnership seriously, the United States will continue to build on our active and enduring presence.”  – Secretary of State John Kerry Recognizing that America’s future prosperity and security are intertwined with the East Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama made a strategic commitment to rebalance our efforts and ...
Read More»

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Today, via video message broadcast to 150 youth and dignitaries gathered in Manila, Philippines, President Obama announced the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).  Recognizing that over 65 percent of the region’s population is under the age of 35, YSEALI seeks to augment leadership development and networking in ASEAN; deepen engagement with young leaders across ...
Read More»

State Department on U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Fact Sheet: U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP) Working together in support of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP), the United States, Brunei, and Indonesia have strengthened and expanded energy and environmental cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region over the past year. USACEP, launched by President Obama, ...
Read More»

The U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement (E3) Initiative

Today, at the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, President Obama and Leaders of the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) states welcomed the launch of the “U.S.-ASEAN Expanded Economic Engagement” (E3) initiative – a new framework for economic cooperation designed to expand trade and investment ties between the United States and ASEAN, ...
Read More»

State Dept. Fact Sheet on Lower Mekong Initiative

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Fact Sheet Lower Mekong Initiative The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) is a multinational effort initiated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009 to foster integrated sub-regional cooperation and capacity building among Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, in the areas of education, health, environment, and ...
Read More»
Show More ∨