House Foreign Affairs Committee On Obama Administration's "Asia Pivot"
On 12/6 the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the Obama administration's vaunted "Asia pivot" strategy. The hearing discussed the effectiveness of the strategy and what the results have been to date. Much of the discussion centered around China and Taiwan.
Kelley Currie, Senior Researcher at Project 2049 addressed the committee on human rights concerns in the region as they relate to Obama's engagement in the region. Currie noted that, "[I]n the Obama administration's poster child for the pivot -- Burma – the Tatmadaw appears to be engaging in ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state, while simultaneously intensifying attacks on communities in Kachin and Shan States. Meanwhile, the Obama administration, having given away all potential leverage by prematurely lifting sanctions on the military, watches helplessly as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles with an unreconstructed Tatmadaw that has retained control of the key levers of power in the country."
After the hearing Currie expressed that she had "hoped there would be more discussion on Burma, period, but members wanted to talk about Taiwan & China."
It is vitally important that our Congress directly address the Rohingya crisis in Burma.