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Visiting our troops and Major General David Baldwin of the California National Guard.

We are living in an extraordinary time in world history. America remains the world’s dominant super power with the strongest economy and most powerful military. Many people around the globe are overcoming poverty and new economies and democracies are emerging. But while it is a time of promise, we are also facing serious and dangerous threats. Terrorism, the rise of authorianism across the globe, the spread of nuclear weapons, global pandemics, and climate change are just a few of the major challenges we are up against. At the same time, our planet is becoming a much smaller and more interconnected place with new technologies and global commerce.

We need strong leadership to help navigate these challenges to put the interests of our nation and people first, not politics. That means not only being vigilant and relentless, but also strong and wise. We need to work together to give our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to keep us safe, and also protect and defend the ideals that define us as the world’s greatest democracy.

Keeping Americans safe is my greatest responsibility as your representative in Congress. And as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, I’m proud to work regularly with Members in both parties to strengthen America’s security and global leadership.

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Apr 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement on President Biden’s decision to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

“I applaud President Biden for his decision to drawdown U.S. forces in Afghanistan, which will bring an end to the longest war in our nation’s history. After 20 years, it is time to bring our troops home.

Mar 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced sanctions on two military holding companies, Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (MEC).

“I commend the Biden Administration for today’s sanctions targeting two military holding companies that provide valuable economic resources to the Burmese military.

Mar 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, yesterday reintroduced H.R. 2118, the Securing America From Epidemics (SAFE) Act. The SAFE Act, which passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress, would authorize U.S.

Mar 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, today chaired the first Subcommittee hearing of the 117th Congress. The hearing, titled “America’s Way Forward in the Indo-Pacific,” explored challenges and opportunities for U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific, including competition with China, North Korea, and human rights and rule of law in the region.

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Mike Kelly (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, released the following statement on Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin’s trip to the Republic of Korea. 

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, and Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Adrian Smith (R-NE), Co-Chairs of the U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus, released the following statement on Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin’s trip to Japan and the U.S.-Japan 2+2 ministerial.

Mar 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement on the 62nd anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising:

Mar 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced the reintroduction of the Taiwan Fellowship Act.

Mar 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ranking Member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep.

Mar 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, expressed bipartisan support for expeditiously finalizing a mutually acceptable, comprehensive cost-sharing agreement with our South Korean allies before April 1.

Since 1991, Special Measures Agreements (SMA) have served as a pillar of the shared commitment to the defense of the Korean Peninsula by combined U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) forces