February 16, 2023
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Mr. Rick Waters
Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia
Deputy Assistant Secretary Rick Waters supervises the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs and the Taiwan Coordination staff and has day-to- day responsibility for our diplomatic missions in China, Mongolia, and Taiwan. He also oversees the Office of China Coordination, or “China House”, as the State Department’s China Coordinator.
DAS Waters’s previous roles at the State Department include Executive Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and Political Counselor positions in Beijing, Islamabad, and Jerusalem. He has served multiple tours in China including 1998-2001, during the accidental bombing of the Belgrade Embassy and the EP3 Hainan Island crisis. His Department tours include staff assistant to Bill Burns, Deputy Director in the Office of Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, and Middle East action officer in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. DAS Burns speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.