2015 FPI Forum: An Agenda for Asia

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"An Agenda for Asia"
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Moderator: Josh Rogin

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Key Quotations

“If you look at what has happened in China over the last several decades and the last several years, it is truly remarkable, what they have been able to accomplish, lifting 500 million people out of poverty.  But the question is what we are going to do to make sure that a rising China, who wishes everything to be a great nation, truly is a great nation that fits alongside of great nations that adhere to international norms of behavior and follow the rules of the road of a truly great nation.” – Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

“Right now, if you look at what is happening, our rebalance is seen primarily through the perspective of a military rebalance.  We have to pass and put forward TPP in order to move beyond simply a military dimension of the rebalance.” – Sen. Gardner

“There is another element of the rebalance that I would like to talk about, not just the trade and military strategy, but it should also include energy.  We have a huge opportunity in this country, in terms of energy, that we didn't have 10 years ago, in terms of exports of LNG, in terms of exports of oil.     And the Asian economies need it and want it, and it is a great way to deepen our economic and even energy and even security relationships.” – Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)

“We need to have tough public diplomacy when it comes to cyber.  We still don't have that.  We should have ‑‑ we could have called in ambassadors.  We could have ‑‑ the President could have called President Xi.  The President should have talked about it and blamed people long before August recess came around.” – Sen. Gardner

“You see what has become quite, in many ways, almost shockingly a militarization of the Arctic, particularly with regard to Russia.  So, in the last year, they have stood up a brand new Arctic command; they have stood up four new brigade combat teams in the Arctic; 13 new airfields; and conducted an exercise that I think took a lot of us by surprise in the Arctic that was enormous, by any standards, probably one of the biggest Arctic exercises in decades. What are we doing?  The Department of Defense has announced that they are going to remove the only airborne brigade combat team in the Asia Pacific and the Arctic.” – Sen. Sullivan

“If China wants to be a rising nation ‑‑ and we hope they will be a great nation that works with the world in terms of international norms and rules of the road ‑‑ violating human rights is no way to do that.  And so, that is something that we should focus on more.” – Sen. Gardner

“We have to make sure, as a country, that we are leading, that we are constantly standing behind Hong Kong and making sure that the agreements that have been entered into are matched and met, and that there is no backslide into more and more government control.” – Sen. Gardner

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