Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
In the United States Government, the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP, originally the Office of Chinese Affairs) is part of the United States Department of State and is charged with advising the Secretary of State and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on matters of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as dealing with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with countries in that area. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who reports to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
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|Jurisdiction||Executive branch of the United States|
|Headquarters||Harry S. Truman Building, Washington, D.C., United States|
|Employees||1,545 (As of 2013[update])|
|Annual budget||$323.9 million (FY 2012)|
|Parent department||U.S. Department of State|
The offices of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs direct, coordinate, and supervise U.S. government activities within the region, including political, economic, consular, public diplomacy, and administrative management issues.
- Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs – Coordinates policy on Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Antarctica
- Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs – Coordinates policy regarding China and Mongolia
- Office of Regional and Security Policy
- Office of Public Affairs – Coordinates the bureau's media engagement and domestic public outreach, and prepares press guidance for the Department Spokesperson in the Bureau of Public Affairs
- Office of Japanese Affairs – Oversees Japan–United States relations
- Office of Mainland Southeast Asian Affairs – Coordinates policy on Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam
- Office of Maritime Southeast Asian Affairs – Coordinates policy on Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste.
- Office of Korean Affairs – Coordinates policy towards North Korea and South Korea
- Office of Public Diplomacy
- Office of Multilateral Affairs – Coordinates policy regarding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, and the ASEAN Regional Forum
- Office of Taiwan Coordination – Oversees Taiwan–United States relations
- Office of Economic Policy
- Office of the Executive Director – Oversees the bureau's human resources and resource management
- "Inspection of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs" (PDF). Office of the Inspector General of the Department of State. September 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- Tamkin, Emily (April 5, 2017). "Mr. Xi Goes to Mar-a-Lago". Foreign Policy. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
“Everyone’s acknowledged China’s going to have a big role to play” in dealing with North Korea, Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said in a call ahead of the visit on Wednesday, who added the United States will be looking to do more on North Korea in the future.
- "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
- "1 FAM 130 Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)". Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. July 6, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.