Serial No. 114-239: Step or Stumble: The Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, December 6, 2016   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the December 6, 2016 hearing titled, "Step or Stumble: The Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia," 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 Matt Salmon, U.S. Representative from Arizona's 5th Congressional District: "This hearing review[s] the current administration's policy toward Asia, and determine[s] what tangible accomplishments the United States has made. More importantly, we will also form suggestions for the new administration's policy toward Asia. We have come to the end of an administration whose signature foreign policy initiative has been a rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. [Our allies in the region] have welcomed the rebalance as a strengthening of our regional relationships. But after 8 years of enhancing U.S. efforts in Asia, serious challenges to U.S. interests persist, and some of them have even grown. [...] The Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] may be end up being the administration's most lasting failure. The administration chose to use this economic agreement as our strategic anchor in Asia and tried to market the deal at home by saying that it would allow us to write the rules for free trade. Now, the prospect of TPP ratification in the United States is effectively dead, and our closest Asian partners are questioning the endurance of our leadership in the region." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard J. Ellings, Derek M. Scissors, Kelley Currie, and Barry C. Lynn.

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