Titled the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019, the legislation would require U.S. administrations to develop a comprehensive long term strategy for the Indo-Pacific as the ruling Chinese communist regime continues to seek complete military dominance in the region through military modernization, influence operations, and economic inducements.
The Indo-Pacific region is home to the world’s top four most populous countries, including the United States and China. It also boasts several of the 10 largest militaries in the world.
“As the leader of the free world, America must link arms with our allies and partners to confront the rise of China,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who led the bill, said in a Jan. 15 press release.
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a co-sponsor of the bill, similarly said it was necessary for the United States to work with like-minded allies to “hold China accountable for pursuing destabilizing actions” in the region.
Other co-sponsors of the act include Sen. Young Todd (R-Ind.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Chris Coons (Del.).
In addition to expanding Indo-Pacific alliances, the bill also calls for collaboration on a global level to promote the values of democracy and human rights. It will need congressional approval and a signature from the president before becoming law.