This resolution would call for the elevation of the U.S.-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) relationship to a strategic partnership and commends the organization for its work toward stability, prosperity, and peace over the last 50 years. It’d also support efforts by the U.S. and ASEAN allies to protect unhindered access to international waterways, counter piracy, and enhance the maritime capabilities of countries in the region.
The resolution would reaffirm the enhancement of U.S.-ASEAN economic engagement and the commitment to continue joint efforts to stop human trafficking. It would also encourage the president to communicate to ASEAN leaders the importance of protecting human rights, strengthening civil society, safeguarding freedoms of the press and assembly, the free flow of information and ideas, and the importance of open and transparent government.
As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed and wouldn’t have the force of law.