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Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (#ARIA) was signed into Law.

Look fwd to seeing the implementation details.
Text:
It is the policy of the United States to develop and commit to a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region that—
(1) secures the vital national security interests of the United States and our allies and partners;
(2) promotes American prosperity and economic interests by advancing economic growth and development of a rules-based Indo-Pacific economic community;
(3) advances American influence by reflecting the values of the American people and universal human rights;
(4) supports functional problem-solving regional architecture; and
(5) accords with and supports the rule of law and international norms.
It is the diplomatic strategy of the United States
(1) to work with United States allies
(A) to confront common challenges;
(B) to improve information sharing;
(C) to increase defense investment and trade;
(D) to ensure interoperability; and
(E) to strengthen shared capabilities
(2) to strengthen relationships with partners who
(A) share mutual respect for the rule of law;
(B) agree with fair and reciprocal trade; and
(C) understand the importance of civil society, the rule of law, the free and reliable flow of information, and transparent governance;
(3) to support functional problem-solving regional architecture, including through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (#ASEAN), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (#APEC), and the East Asia Summit (#EAS);
(4) to emphasize the commitment of the United States—
(A) to freedom of navigation under international law;
(B) to promote peaceful resolutions of maritime and territorial disputes; and
(C) to expand security and defense cooperation with allies and partners, as appropriate;
(5) to pursue diplomatic measures to achieve complete, verifiable, and irreversible #denuclearization of #NorthKorea;
(6) to improve civil society, strengthen the rule of law, and advocate for transparent governance;
(7) to develop and grow the economy through private sector partnerships between the United States and #IndoPacific partners;
(8) to pursue multilateral and bilateral trade agreements in a free, fair, and reciprocal manner and build a network of partners in the #IndoPacific committed to free markets;
(9) to work with and encourage #IndoPacific countries
(A) to pursue high-quality and transparent infrastructure projects;
(B) to maintain unimpeded commerce, open sea lines or air ways, and communication; and
(C) to seek the peaceful resolution of disputes; and
(10) to sustain a strong military presence in the #IndoPacific region and strengthen security relationships with allies and partners throughout the region.
Sec 201:
(b) Authorization Of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated for the Department of State, the #USAID, and, as appropriate, the Department of Defense, $1,500,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2023, which shall be used—
(1) to advance United States foreign policy interests and objectives in the Indo-Pacific region in recognition of the value of diplomatic initiatives and programs in the furtherance of United States strategy;
(2) to improve the defense capacity and resiliency of partner nations to resist coercion and deter and defend against security threats, including through foreign military financing and international military education and training programs;
(3) to conduct regular bilateral and multilateral engagements, particularly with the United States’ most highly-capable allies and partners, to meet strategic challenges, including
(A) certain destabilizing activities of the People’s Republic of China; and
(B) emerging threats, such as the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea;
(4) to build new counterterrorism partnership programs in Southeast Asia to combat the growing presence of ISIS and other terrorist organizations that pose a significant threat to the United States, its allies, and its citizens’ interests abroad;
(5) to help partner countries strengthen their democratic systems, with a focus on good governance;
(6) to ensure that the regulatory environments for trade, infrastructure, and investment in partner countries are transparent, open, and free of corruption;
(7) to encourage responsible natural resource management in partner countries, which is closely associated with economic growth; and
(8) to increase maritime domain awareness programs in South Asia and Southeast Asia
(A) by expanding the scope of naval and coast guard training efforts with Southeast Asian countries;
(B) by expanding cooperation with democratic partners in South Asia, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka;

(C) through intelligence sharing and other information-sharing efforts; and
(D) through multilateral engagements, including by involving Japan, Australia, and India in such efforts.
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