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U.S.-China Diplomatic And Security Dialogue

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense today announced that the second U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) will be held in Washington on November 9, 2018.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis will host Chinese Politburo Member and Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe for the Dialogue, along with members of the U.S. delegation and Chinese counterparts.

President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping launched this framework for negotiation in Mar-a-Lago in 2017 to expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.

A Notice to the Press with information on times, press events, and other logistical details will follow.

Crash Of Lion Air Flight 610 In Jakarta, Indonesia

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Unites States extends its deepest condolences to those who lost family and loved ones in the October 29 plane crash in Indonesia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia in this time of sorrow. Preparations are underway to assist the Indonesian government in its investigation of this tragic accident.

Assistant Secretary Fannon Travel To Singapore

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Singapore October 29-31.

In Singapore, the Assistant Secretary will promote the Asia EDGE initiative – Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy. Under Asia EDGE, the Department of State and USAID will contribute an initial investment of nearly $50 million to a whole-of-government approach to strengthen energy security and catalyze regional growth. This initiative will ensure energy access across the Indo-Pacific by expanding public-private partnerships; fostering business-to-business connections. Through Asia EDGE, the U.S. will provide technical assistance to help partner governments develop their energy markets, modernize energy infrastructure, and set transparent best-management practices.

In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting and in Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) events. Assistant Secretary Fannon will meet with energy ministers from the ASEAN member states under this year’s theme of “Resilience and Innovation.” He also will meet with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

At the SIEW conference, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in a panel discussion on innovation in energy.

For further information, contact Vincent Campos, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at CamposVM@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/e/enr. Further information also is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.

Extended Deterrence Dialogue Between The United States And Japan

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States and Japan will hold a session of the Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) on October 29-31 in Tokyo, Japan. The EDD provides an opportunity for the two governments to frankly exchange views on how to maintain and strengthen deterrence as part of their security and defense cooperation. Under the framework of extended deterrence, the U.S. security commitment to Japan remains ironclad and enduring. The two governments engage in broad and ongoing discussions on deterrence issues within the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and have held the EDD on a regular basis since 2010.

Recent Developments In Sri Lanka

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The United States continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka with concern. We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence. We call on the President, in consultation with the Speaker, to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people to fulfill their responsibility to affirm who will lead their government.

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