"This report analyzes annual budget justifications and legislation for foreign operations appropriations and discusses U.S. foreign aid trends, programs, and restrictions in 16 East Asian and South Asian countries. It does not cover aid to Pacific Island nations, North Korea, and Afghanistan. Country tables do not include assistance from U.S. State Department programs funded outside the foreign operations budget, such as educational and cultural exchange programs, and assistance from other departments and agencies. […] The FY2008 budget for the East Asian countries that are covered in this report represented a slight increase compared to FY2007. The FY2008 budget raised assistance to South Asian countries by 8%, according to estimates. The Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2008 made some changes to the Administration's proposed funding levels. These revisions included additional ESF for democracy and humanitarian activities in Burma; funding for democracy, rule of law, and Tibet programs in China as well as U.S.-China educational exchanges; and increased Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for the Philippines. The Administration's budget request for FY2009 includes dramatic increases in Development Assistance for the following countries: Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The FY2009 budget would cut Foreign Military Financing for the Philippines by 50% and bolster law enforcement (INCLE) funding to Nepal. This report will be updated to reflect new data."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31362