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"William Evans is director of the national counter intelligence insecurity center in the office of director of. National intelligence one of the keynote addresses at today's event hosted by, next Gulf a technology, news site part of government executive. Media group you also heard from Charles failing director of the national background investigations, bureau currently part of office of, personnel management Next on c. span radio a discussion about US, policy in southeast Asia, hosted today by the American Enterprise. Institute in Washington one of the speakers is Randall Schriver assistant Defense Secretary. Parking lot about US policy towards China This runs an hour and a half Everybody my name is Dan. Blumenthal director of Asian studies here today. I thank you all for coming here I can see that the topic of US and. South East Asia is of great interest and I congratulate my colleague Mike Mazza for a wonderful report that hopefully will have time to read about. What our strategy should, be going forward and that most critical Regions but is right. Now my distinct pleasure to, introduce my friend and colleague Randy Schreiber who's the assistant secretary of defense for Asian Pacific affairs at department of defense and is really spearheading Efforts. In the department of defense and throughout the government to to really compete, more vigorously with with China and southeast Asia to, build out new relationships with respect to Vietnam Indonesia and the Philippines he's already done some. Some excellent work with, his team here as well and we'll do a lot more in, the future and we're just thrilled to have them to open up the session with with his remarks so without further ado let me let me call up Shriver where are you ready Thank you Dan. Thank you it's great to be back at a really nice to be introduced by, my friend. Dan Blumenthal one of the leading strategic thinkers of this generation does great work here. On Asia And. Let me add my congratulations I didn't see. Where he. Went to goes Mike had a chance to to look at the report which is, now public. And want to congratulate you on that work there's many aspects that I would commend Certainly just the project itself acknowledging, the importance of this region six hundred thirty five million people that counts that matters but your report, identifies a lot of the historical. Engagement over time and the importance over time but you also identify what I. Think is the core challenge which is the threat, to the American led international order and the potential erosion of individual state, sovereignty given the challenges in the region I think your recommendations are also very sound and aligned, with with our. Policy your suggested whole of government comprehensive approach was security economic and governance pillars seeking to shape a region of peace with itself and its neighbors. Characterized by states that are strong independent and. Prosperous and governments that are resilient responsive and accountable I wanted to read your language in your words because I think they're. Very well aligned with with our strategy Elements of, our strategy end up. Pacific strategy have been publicly articulated of course recently secretary Mattis spoke at the Shangri LA dialogue in, June to talk, about the defense and security aspects of. Our Indo Pacific strategy many of you probably saw last week major event at the chamber of. Commerce Pacific Business Forum secretary Pompeo Secretary Perry USAA director green, all talked about the economic development and energy aspects of our Indo Pacific strategy so much has been articulated in public I don't need. To go through all of that but I thought I would use the brief. Time I have today to talk about how we, see southeast Asia in the context of our Indo Pacific strategy so consistent, with my treport we seek to maintain a free and open Indo Pacific region where nations with, diverse cultures and. Different aspirations can prosper side by side in freedom peace and stability freed we mean nations will be free from Origin in able to protect their sovereignty at the national level we mean that societies. Are increasingly free in terms of good governance and, fundamental human rights and liberties by open we mean. That all nations can enjoy freedom freedom of the season Airways and that's all share a commitment to peaceful. Resolutions of peaceful resolution of disputes we also mean free means more open investment environments and, improve connectivity that Dr regional integration and prosperity southeast Asia lies at the heart of, the end up Pacific. Region and thus arguably south East Asia And the maritime domain. Are areas where these concepts are. Most challenged south East Asia we think therefore has much to gain, from, the accessible advancement of our vision, and our strategy while the US has long recognized the. Importance of Southeast Asia's evidenced by our longstanding security partnerships and alliances the Philippines Thailand Singapore our interests are growing. Alongside the growth in importance of the region as a whole particularly the, security and economic aspects so as as a result we're increasing our meaningful engagement. With southeast Asia so let me address DOD's role in that sector Madison's personally committed to this region he's visited the Indo Pacific region seven times a secretary of defense, clothing four, times to southeast Asia He also believes. In strong investment in Osceola, led institutions such as the Austrian defense ministers. Meeting plus the eighty m plus his particular focus. For the apartment and right now. Currently the United States is co-chairing an expert level working group on, humanitarian, affairs disaster relief with Malaysia Origene. Military presence and he ended up Pacific is a vital source of regional."