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U.S. Involvement In South East Asia and Pacific Region

(FILE) A Taiwanese military soldier launches a US made Stinger missile during a live-firing exercise in Taiwan.

The Indo-Pacific is critical because the Indo-Pacific fuels much of the world's economic growth and will be the epicenter of 21st century geopolitics, said Ambassador Kritenbrink.

U.S. Involvement in South East Asia and Pacific Region
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The United States is an Indo-Pacific nation, and as such, “we are committed to building the collective capacity of our allies partners and friends, to sustain a region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient,” said Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Kritenbrink. Speaking in mid-July during a U.S. House of Representatives Hearing entitled Achieving Peace through Strength in the Indo-Pacific, Mr. Ktritenbrink noted that “U.S leadership in the Indo-Pacific, which of course includes the EAP region, is critical because the Indo-Pacific fuels much of the world's economic growth and will be the epicenter of 21st century geopolitics.”

“We have an Indo-Pacific strategy of which China is a part, and not the other way around. That said, while strategic competition with the PRC remains a global challenge, competition is most pronounced in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.

So, the United States approach to the People’s Republic of China will include a strategy consisting of investment, alignment, and competition.

“We are investing in the foundations of our strength at home, aligning with allies and partners on our approach abroad and competing with the PRC to defend our interests,” said Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink. “Our objective is not to change the PRC but rather to shape the Strategic environment in which it operates, building a balance of influence that is favorable to the United States, our allies and partners, and the interests and values that we share.”

Nonetheless, “We also remain committed to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” said Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink. “Our One China policy, which has remained consistent, has helped to maintain cross-strait peace and stability for the past 40 years. In line with the Taiwan relations act, the United States will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability.”

“U.S security depends on our collaboration with our allies and partners to address shared challenges, to build resilience to transnational threats,” said Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink. “The United States role in the region must be more enduring than ever. Our allies and partners are looking to our ability to deliver resources, as a sign of our commitment, building on existing efforts.”