• Top US State Department official arrives

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    A high-ranking official from the US State Department arrived in Manila on Tuesday to hold a series of bilateral talks on a wide range of topics, including defense.

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    Daniel Russel, US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is traveling from Manila to Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok to Phnom Penh from January 18 to 28 to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.

    In Manila, where he will be from January 20 to 21, Russel will hold bilateral meetings with his Philippine government counterparts.

    He will also help lead the US delegation to the 5th US-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, which will be held today at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, with Assistant Secretary for Defense David Shear.

    After the dialogue, Russel will be in Kuala Lumpur from January 21 to 24 “to take part in discussions with senior Malaysian government officials, opposition political figures and civil society on a range of issues, including Malaysia’s role as 2015 Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] chairman.”

    From January 24 to 26, Russel will be in Bangkok to meet with civil-society representatives and Thai government officials. He will be giving remarks at Chulalongkorn University on US engagement in the region.

    The US State Department official will then be in Phnom Penh from January 26 to 28 to meet with senior government officials and civil-society representatives.

    Russel will return to Washington, D.C., on January 28.

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