Washington, D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Tuesday, February 28

Subcommittee Hearing: Checking China’s Maritime Push

2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Dean Cheng
Senior Research Fellow
Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation

Michael Auslin, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar
Director of Japan Studies
American Enterprise Institute

Michael D. Swaine, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “China’s skirting of international law and its desire to establish dominance over one of the most important shipping lanes in the world cannot go unchecked. China’s actions have created uncertainty in the South China Sea and in trade routes throughout the region. This hearing will give members the opportunity to learn more about recent developments and to hear from a panel of experts on how best to address the current situation.”

Tuesday, February 28

Subcommittee Hearing: Issues and Opportunities in the Western Hemisphere

2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Sally Yearwood
Executive Director
Caribbean-Central American Action

Mr. Joseph M. Humire
Executive Director
Center for a Secure Free Society

Mr. Jose Cardenas
(Former Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development)

Mr. Peter Quilter
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “This hearing should provide Subcommittee Members with a comprehensive look at the lay of the land in the Western Hemisphere, and give us some food for thought as the new Trump Administration begins to reveal their priorities for 2017.  I’m particularly interested in what our witnesses think policy priorities should be in Cuba and Venezuela, and in places that continue to receive large amounts of U.S. taxpayer funding like Colombia, Haiti and the Northern Triangle in Central America.  Clearly, the Administration will need to work on the bilateral relationship with Mexico, but the United States is certainly right to seek to enforce our borders and protect our precious sovereignty.  I welcome the new Members of this Subcommittee and look forward to working with them in the 115th Congress.”


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