Secretary Kerry (July 14): "Today, in announcing a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the United States, our P5+1 and EU partners, and Iran have taken a measurable step away from the prospect of nuclear proliferation, towards transparency and cooperation."ALSO: Photos
President Obama, flanked by Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry, meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, left, and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second from left, at the conclusion of the seventh meeting of the U.S. China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, June 24, 2015, at Washington DC.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)ALSO: Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and U.S. Ambassador to China Baucus participate in a working lunch with their Chinese co-chairs, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, during the seventh U.S.-China S&ED at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2015.ALSO: Story Photos
Ambassador Supports Special Olympics
Ambassador Max Baucus and his wife Melodee Hanes attend 2015 Special Olympics East Asia Unity Gala fundraising dinner in Shanghai, June 12, 2015. (Photo: From left to right, Ambassador Max Baucus, Ms. Melodee Hanes and Hong Kong Special Olympics Athletes Director Mr. Sam Tam)
Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday.
Nearly twenty years ago in the United States Senate, I voted against the Defense of Marriage Act for a simple reason: No law should deny the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. Today, by making marriage equality the law of the land, the Supreme Court reaffirmed one of our founding principles – and our highest ideal – that we are all created equal.
The seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and the sixth round the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange concluded in Washington, DC June 24. These dialogues were led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, Vice Premier Wang Yang, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
Major trends in global terrorism in 2014 included the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL’s) unprecedented seizure of territory in Iraq and Syria, the continued flow of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide to join ISIL, and the rise of lone offender violent extremists in the West. Despite the fragmentation of al-Qa’ida and its affiliates, weak or failed governance continued to provide an enabling environment for the emergence of extremist radicalism and violence, notably in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and Iraq. Continuing a trend noted in last year’s report, terrorist groups employed more aggressive tactics in their attacks. In ISIL’s case, this included brutal repression of communities under its control and the use of ruthless methods of violence such as beheadings and crucifixions intended to terrify opponents. Read more (English)
As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins, Melodee and I wish Muslims throughout China and around the world Ramadan Mubarak. Muslims of diverse origins in the United States and the across the globe observe Ramadan with the encouragement and support of friends, colleagues and neighbors of all faiths during this blessed month.
U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, and Strategic Security Dialogue to be held June 22-24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that the seventh meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) will be held in Washington, D.C., June 23-24. The sixth Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) will be held concurrently with the S&ED.
Twenty six years after the Chinese government’s violent suppression of peaceful protests in and around Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, the United States continues to call for an official accounting of the victims of these events, the release of those still serving Tiananmen-related sentences, and an end to the harassment and detention of those who wish to peacefully commemorate the anniversary.
U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus visited the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) May 26-30 with his wife and officials from Embassy Beijing and Consulate General Chengdu. “The unique beauty and distinct cultural traditions of Tibet have left a deep impression on me,” said Ambassador Baucus, who first traveled to TAR in 1993. “These are treasures that must be preserved and shared with future generations.”
- We continue to experience some delays in the printing of U.S. passports that were approved at overseas passport facilities. Some applications accepted at U.S. Embassies or Consulates on or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at here.
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