onsdag 15. februar 2017

Why America must engage with Asia-Pacific

Our forward-deployed forces in the Asia-Pacific region secure our enduring national interests, uphold our treaty commitments, and safeguard open seas and open commerce. Fortunately, we also have allies that cover much of the cost of America's forward presence in the region. For example, Japan contributes approximately half of annual US basing costs, while South Korea contributes about 40%. But greater American investment is needed to update our posture and keep pace with evolving threats. A strong first step would be Congress' support for partner capacity building efforts to assure critical munitions, military facilities and strengthened cooperation with our allies. Our military should continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, including where China's excessive and militarized maritime claims erode the freedom of the seas. Read more