December 13, 2018

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act passed by US Senate will beef up engagement across Indo-Pacific

Featuring Patrick M. Cronin, and Eric Sayers

Source: The Straits Times

Journalist Nirmal Ghosh

An Act that is seen as a significant indication of bipartisan support for deepening US engagement in the Indo-Pacific region is quietly making its way through Congress amid Washington's daily diet of political drama.

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (Aria), which was passed by the Senate on Dec 4, is being closely watched by the Asia policy community and Asian diplomats. The House is due to vote on it within days.

The legislation in effect lays down a policy framework to support the United States' commitment to a "free and open Indo-Pacific region and the rules-based international order", according to Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who sponsored the Bill.

Read the full article and more in The Straits Times.

Authors

  • Patrick M. Cronin

    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...

  • Eric Sayers

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Eric Sayers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Throughout his career, Mr. Sayers has worked ...