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National Security and Foreign Policy


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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Nov 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chair and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, led 22 bipartisan Members of Congress in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging the Biden Administration to pursue a digital trade agreement with partners in the Indo-Pacific.

In the letter, the Members wrote:

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement on the disappearance of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai after accusing a former Peoples Republic of China (PRC) senior official of sexual assault.

Oct 25, 2021 Press Release
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, issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 (XXVI), recognizing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the United Nations and expelling the representatives of Chiang Kai-Shek.
Oct 20, 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, today chaired a Subcommittee hearing on the strategic importance of the Pacific Islands.

Oct 15, 2021 Press Release
Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) today introduced the Countering China Economic Coercion Act with a bipartisan group of leaders to establish the first-ever interagency task force to respond to the People’s Republic of China’s growing economic coercion against governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals.
Oct 15, 2021 In The News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has announced a new bill that would establish an interagency task force to craft a response to China's use of economic measures to further its geopolitical goals.

Why it matters: The draft bill represents growing awareness in the U.S. that economic coercion is a cornerstone of the Chinese Communist Party's ability to project authoritarianism beyond its borders.

Oct 8, 2021 Press Release
Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on October 10.
Oct 8, 2021 In The News

By: Representative Ami Bera and Wendy Cutler

If there is one major tenet that sets apart the foreign policy approaches of U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, it is this: Abandoning American leadership in the international community cedes the power to set international norms, rules, and values to other nations. 

Sep 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, called for a comprehensive joint audit of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process in Afghanistan.

Sep 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, today chaired a subcommittee hearing on strengthening U.S. ties with Southeast Asia.