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

Thursday, September 22

Subcommittee Hearing: Diplomacy and Security in the South China Sea: After the Tribunal

2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Elbridge Colby
Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

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

Amy Searight, Ph.D.
Senior Adviser and Director
Southeast Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: The international community looked to the much anticipated UNCLOS tribunal ruling to clarify territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but China has persisted in its unlawful claims, succeeded in subverting a unified response from ASEAN at recent regional summits, and continued incursions and construction projects in disputed waters.  As expected, the arbitral tribunal’s ruling did not resolve the region’s maritime tensions in a single stroke, and its long term influence on policy and diplomacy must be reassessed.  In this hearing, the Subcommittee will reexamine the territorial disputes in the months after the ruling was issued, and will pursue options to refine U.S. policy moving forward.”

Thursday, September 22

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 2189 and H.R. 3833

2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Measures to be Marked Up Include:

H.R. 2189, Walter Patterson and Werner Foerster Justice and Extradition Act; and

H.R. 3833, To require a regional strategy to address the threat posed by Boko Haram.


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