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house Bill H. Res. 311

Calling for a Strategic Partnership Between the U.S. and the Association of South East Asian Nations

Argument in favor

A deeper strategic partnership with ASEAN nations would be beneficial to the U.S. and the South East Asian nations that compose the organization.

Ticktock's Opinion
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09/24/2017
We need partners in all parts of the world and we need to strengthen our ties to those countries bordering the Pacific. Our withdrawal from TPP was a sever blow to our connection to these countries and virtually through them into China’s sphere of influence. It left each one of the weaker countries at the mercy of China. Trump’s diplomacy and trade policies have weakened the US position globally. The real question is will the Pacific countries trust the US so long as Trump is the President and Republicans are in control of Congress. Neither have a very good record when it comes to keeping agreements.
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Tinamarie's Opinion
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09/24/2017
I think peace is always a good idea. However, POTUS is clearly having trouble with international relations, so IF this can be positive (and held through) for ALL involved, then yes. If not, nope!
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Paul's Opinion
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09/24/2017
Though I agree with the concept, more so I agree with those that say we cannot trust the current POTUS to honor nor carry through on this commitment. Probably best to wait till we have a responsible POTUS in place.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t pursue a deeper strategic partnership with South East Asian countries that are members of ASEAN.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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09/24/2017
Although I believe we need all the allies we can get in order to build up trade relationships, I think if you look at it honestly, we at this time are not in a good position to be a good partner to anyone. Currently, the POTUS cannot keep his word with his own people on DACA, the Wall, Healthcare, Paris Accord, Taxes and now NFL football. He flip flops on NATO, Iran, Afghanistan, N Korea,and Russia. From one day to the next he cannot be trusted. I do not believe this is a good time to make new agreements with partners we could very likely disappoint.
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Suzanne's Opinion
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09/24/2017
Why bother - Trump wouldn't honor it anyway. Let's wait til we have a new President we can count on.
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Christine's Opinion
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09/24/2017
Seems like a good idea on the surface. Not under this presidency. He gas no honor.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 311?

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.

Impact

ASEAN and its members; and the U.S. government.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 311

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced this resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and America’s relationship with the organization:

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s formation and welcome ASEAN foreign ministers to Washington, D.C., this resolution recognizes the strength of the U.S.-ASEAN economic and strategic partnership and the importance of increased engagement between the United States and ASEAN member states. Working together, the United States and ASEAN can address pressing issues like the North Korean threat, maritime disputes, human trafficking, access to education, and food security. Our nations will become safer and more prosperous if we deepen our relationships.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote, and has the support of 28 bipartisan cosponsors including 17 Democrats and 11 Republicans.


Of NoteASEAN currently has 10 member states that have a combined population of more than 625 million, and a gross domestic product exceeding $2.8 trillion.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Official Title

Reaffirming the 40 years of relations between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the shared pursuit of economic growth and regional security in Southeast Asia.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed September 27th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 413 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
    IntroducedMay 3rd, 2017

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    We need partners in all parts of the world and we need to strengthen our ties to those countries bordering the Pacific. Our withdrawal from TPP was a sever blow to our connection to these countries and virtually through them into China’s sphere of influence. It left each one of the weaker countries at the mercy of China. Trump’s diplomacy and trade policies have weakened the US position globally. The real question is will the Pacific countries trust the US so long as Trump is the President and Republicans are in control of Congress. Neither have a very good record when it comes to keeping agreements.
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    Although I believe we need all the allies we can get in order to build up trade relationships, I think if you look at it honestly, we at this time are not in a good position to be a good partner to anyone. Currently, the POTUS cannot keep his word with his own people on DACA, the Wall, Healthcare, Paris Accord, Taxes and now NFL football. He flip flops on NATO, Iran, Afghanistan, N Korea,and Russia. From one day to the next he cannot be trusted. I do not believe this is a good time to make new agreements with partners we could very likely disappoint.
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    Why bother - Trump wouldn't honor it anyway. Let's wait til we have a new President we can count on.
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    I think peace is always a good idea. However, POTUS is clearly having trouble with international relations, so IF this can be positive (and held through) for ALL involved, then yes. If not, nope!
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    Though I agree with the concept, more so I agree with those that say we cannot trust the current POTUS to honor nor carry through on this commitment. Probably best to wait till we have a responsible POTUS in place.
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    Seems like a good idea on the surface. Not under this presidency. He gas no honor.
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    It's always a good idea to reaffirm and improve relationships with our allies and partners around the world.
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    This administration as much as thumbed its nose at the nations of the ASEAN with its withdrawal from the TPP agreement, a most short-sighted and poorly planned strategic action. Then Trump reasserted his "America First" policy at the recent UN General Assembly and, for good measure, articulated his "sovereign nation" approach to foreign policy — though only for the major powers. The ASEAN will have to carefully weigh what benefit to them this proposed Strategic Partnership offers and at what price. And more importantly, will this administration stand by it. To quote Ticktock: We need partners in all parts of the world and we need to strengthen our ties to those countries bordering the Pacific. Our withdrawal from TPP was a sever blow to our connection to these countries and virtually through them into China’s sphere of influence. It left each one of the weaker countries at the mercy of China. Trump’s diplomacy and trade policies have weakened the US position globally. The real question is will the Pacific countries trust the US so long as Trump is the President and Republicans are in control of Congress. Neither have a very good record when it comes to keeping agreements.
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    This is a yes and no for me. We need all the allies we can get. America needs to help and be helped. Sadly, with trump at the helm, America is a sinking ship right now and maybe we pose more of a danger to these other countries.
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    Good for Joaquin Castro and bravo to the parties who are willing to work in a bipartisan manner to support being positive, to support diplomacy, and to express respect for other nations.
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    It was hard for me to vote on this because I want good relations with other countries, but I just can't argue with the fact that trump will screw it up. Let's wait for the next president.
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    We need to help protect our allies in asia from illegal Chinese agression in the south china sea which makes up a third of the worlds trade.
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    Making space for open dialogue is always a good thing, and once we figure out that America can’t succeed without our friends all over the world, this bridge will be helpful. Please vote yes.
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    It's important to trade with countries.
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    Such an alliance is needed to counter-balance the growing audacity of China and North Korea.
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    Yes
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    As Nation and Republic we need to ingage with World on subject matters as Trade National Defense and are ideals of Republic Form of Governments and Represense to world
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    If I didn't know better it sounds like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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    On the verge of war with north Korea let's have as many allies as we can
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    Contrary to the man in the white house, the United States needs alliance with the other countries in the world. Alienation is going to result in detrimental results in this country.
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