The U.S. needs a comprehensive Southeast Asia policy to ensure that its regional interests are appropriately looked after. Identifying and tracking ongoing efforts to bolster U.S. allies in Southeast Asia as well as ASEAN is needed to craft appropriate policies and gauge their effectiveness
Southeast Asian countries generate hundreds of thousands of American jobs and invest more in our economy than China and India combined.
This bill will deepen U.S. engagement with our Southeast Asian partners by requiring the Administration to develop and communicate a coherent regional strategy that addresses all aspects of the partnership, from trade and humanitarian goals to diplomatic and security arrangements.
Southeast Asian countries seek strong leadership from the United States as they try to maintain economic independence from China and defend their territorial claims in the South China Sea.
To date, the U.S. has never articulated a comprehensive strategy for the Southeast Asian region.
The Southeast Asia Strategy Act does just that by developing a coherent and clearly communicated regional strategy that addresses all aspects of our critical relationship with Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
Congress is working with the Administration to communicate to our friends that the U.S. has their backs as they expand trade and development, secure their borders, strengthen human rights, and defend against Chinese aggression.