September 25, 2000
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.
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