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  • Historic Nuclear Deal With Iran

    Historic Nuclear Deal With Iran

    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."

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  • Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale Visited Dalian

    Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale Visited Dalian

    On July 14, over 70 primary and middle school boys from Philadelphia had a great exchange with Jiahui YangGuang School students. In addition to song performances, the Jiahui students and Philadelphia Boys Choir played ping-pong and engaged in traditional Chinese watercolor painting together.

  • 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

    2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

    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)

  • U.S., Chinese Officials Meet in DC

    U.S., Chinese Officials Meet in DC

    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.


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    The Consulate Speakers Program helps connect the U.S. Consulate community with Chinese audiences. The goal of our program is to broaden local understanding of the United States

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  • Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

    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.  

  • Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

    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.  

  • 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Achievements

    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.  

  • Kerry on Annual Country Reports on Human Rights

    Secretary of State John Kerry comments on the release of the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. 

  • Joint Statement on U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

    The United States and China issue a joint statement on the sixth meeting of the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. 

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

    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)  »

  • The Ambassador's 2015 Ramadan message

    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.  

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  • Passport and Visa Systems Problems
    The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. 

    Passport applications accepted overseas 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 the here.
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