Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Seoul and China


Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2019

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma,
Malaysia, Thailand, Seoul and China

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell will visit Tokyo, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, and Beijing, October 24 to November 7.

The Assistant Secretary will be in Tokyo October 25 to 27, where he will participate in the annual U.S.-Japan Business/Policy Dialogue Program, also known as the Mt. Fuji Dialogue, to speak with policy professionals about some of the most pressing topics in the Indo-Pacific. He will engage current and former government officials and policy experts to further mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the United States and Japan.

From October 27 to 30, the Assistant Secretary will travel to Burma, where he will meet with representatives from the civilian government in Nay Pyi Taw, as well as individuals representing civil society organizations and ethnic communities during events in Rangoon. He will also travel to Rakhine State to meet government and community leaders, victims of violence, and humanitarian partners.  This visit is his first to Burma in his capacity as Assistant Secretary.

The Assistant Secretary will also make his first visit to Malaysia in his current capacity, from October 30 to November 1. While in Kuala Lumpur, he will meet with government officials, business representatives, and civil society members to expand our diverse partnership in security, trade, investment, and educational and cultural relations.

Assistant Secretary Stilwell will continue to Bangkok on November 1, to begin a four-day visit to participate in the 35th U.S.-ASEAN Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the Indo-Pacific Business Forum.  In addition, the Assistant Secretary will hold bilateral meetings with Thai government officials and civil society organizations, as well as bilateral and multilateral meetings with regional partners on the margins of the East Asia Summit.

On November 5, the Assistant Secretary will travel to Seoul to meet with government officials to discuss the strength of the U.S.-ROK alliance and cooperation across our Indo-Pacific Strategy and the Republic of Korea’s New Southern Policy.

Assistant Secretary Stilwell will stop in Beijing on November 7, where he will meet with U.S. Embassy staff and Chinese government officials.

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