Serial No. 113-1: The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters (Part I), Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, February 26, 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the February 26, 2013 hearing on "The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters (Part I)," held before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Steve Chabot: "In November 2011, the Obama administration detailed its plan to strengthen American engagement and leadership in the Asia-Pacific region in order to improve regional security, promote U.S. values, and increase economic prosperity. This strategic rebalance toward Asia is also viewed by many as an attempt by the United States to address the growing political and military influences of China. Examining the administration's efforts to create a more integrated approach to the region over the past 2 years, much of the focus has been on East Asia and Southeast Asia. We see this through the improved military relations with Philippines, South Korea, and Japan; the opening of a Marine base in Darwin, Australia; and the positioning of littoral combat ships in Singapore. We also witnessed this in Burma following the opening of its borders to the world and its pursuit of democratic reforms in which the United States has played a key role; and also in the ongoing Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations that aim to create a high standard free trade agreement linking the Asia-Pacific region. While there have been successes, it seems many of the priorities and goals described in the ''pivot'' are more ambitious rhetoric than detailed plans describing how to achieve long-term sustainable results. And one area that we see a disparity in is a subregion that has been largely neglected from the rebalance strategy that is South Asia." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert O. Blake, Joseph Y. Yun, and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega.

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