Amid South China sea tension, bill introduced to enhance US maritime in APAC region

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Concerned over China’s provocative actions in the disputed South China Sea, four top US Senators have introduced a legislation to enhance US maritime power in Asia Pacific region and provide more military aid to its American allies.
The Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act of 2016 authorises the Secretary of State to provide Foreign Military Financing assistance and International Military and Education Training activities in the Asia-Pacific for maritime security capacity building.
Introduced by Senators Ben Cardin, Cory Gardner, Robert Menendez and Brian Schatz, the bill authorises appropriations for the State Department’s Southeast Asia Maritime Law Enforcement Initiative; and upgrades the Philippines’ military procurement status to the same level that its closest allies enjoy under US law.
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