H.R. 4899 - Asian Pacific Charter Commission Act of 2000
(Rep. Gilman (R) New York)
While the Administration shares the policy goals enunciated in H.R. 4899,
the Administration believes the bill's establishment of a new
government-funded commission is unnecessary and therefore opposes the bill.
The U.S. Government, through the Departments of State, Defense, and the
Treasury, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other
agencies, is already pursuing the tasks identified in this legislation and
consulting widely with various non-governmental organizations, think tanks,
and academic and other experts on the region.
Furthermore, the concept of an "Asian Pacific Charter" could be perceived
by other countries as a unilateral U.S. effort to dictate the shape of
emerging regional organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Regional Forum. We would not want to jeopardize the bipartisan, long-term
effort undertaken to build these institutions. The resources required to
establish the bill's new commission could be better devoted to continuing
and expanding existing U.S. multilateral efforts in Asia.