United States: A key US Congressional committee has enacted legislation targeted at resolving China’s concerns, in order to boost America’s ties with the Quad nations: India, Australia, and Japan, as well as countries in Southeast Asia.
The Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement or EAGLE Act was adopted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday. The bill includes:
- essential provisions, among other things, that would improve American diplomacy and leadership in the strategically crucial Indo-Pacific region, notably in response to China’s concerns.
- The bill calls on the US government to step up its involvement with allies and partners in this crucial portion of the Indo-Pacific, and it includes provisions to improve people-to-people relations between the US and Southeast Asian countries.
- The bill calls for the formation of a Quad Intra-Parliamentary Working Group to strengthen ties between legislators from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India — major partners in the Indo-Pacific who share common values and objectives.
Short Summary: The bill includes essential provisions, among other things, that would improve American diplomacy and leadership in the strategically crucial Indo-Pacific region, notably in response to China's concerns.