U.S. Security Concerns in Asia: Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, March 8, 2000 [open pdf - 2MB]
On March 8, 2000, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on International Relations convenes to discuss and hear testimony on U.S. Security Concerns in Asia. Testifying are Admiral Dennis Blair, the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command; Rust Deming, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US Department of State; and Franklin Kramer, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the US Department of Defense. Chairman Doug Bereuter explains that "The Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific meets today to examine U.S. security interests in Asia" and that "the first immutable principle that I identified was the advancement of U.S. security interests in the region; thereby ensuring that the U.S. remains engaged, committed to peace, and dedicated to strengthening our alliance and friendships in the region." Admiral Blair testifies to the multiple goals and challenges facing American interests with regard to Asian security, including North Korea, Taiwan, and East Timor. He suggests better military relations with Russia, Indonesia, India, and China as a means to securing peace in the region. Mr. Deming focuses his remarks "on how our military efforts support our broader interests in the region." In particular, he speaks to issues regarding the DPRK, Japanese and Okinawan, Southeast Asian, Australian, Indonesian, and Chinese issues.
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