Asia-Pacific Strategic Engagement Initiative
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Asia-Pacific Strategic Engagement Initiative (APSEI) on July 12 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. APSEI is a new integrated assistance framework that engages on current pressing bilateral and transnational issues, and positions the United States and its partners to sustain regional stability and support an inclusive regional economy in our shared future.
Regional Security Cooperation: Deepen bilateral security partnerships, build security forces’ capacity, and expand confidence-building measures and preventative diplomacy mechanisms to advance stability in the region.
Economic Integration and Trade: Enhance our engagement with key multilateral institutions through an ambitious economic integration agenda aimed at tapping the efficiencies of a larger market and unlocking new sources of prosperity for the United States.
Engagement in the Lower Mekong Region: Invigorate our engagement in the Lower Mekong region through increased support and new development programs for the LMI.
Address Transnational Threats: Support regional platforms for sharing of information to enable transparent and accountable decision-making on transnational challenges.
Democratic Development: Leverage regional and bilateral platforms to advance the development of robust democratic institutions, with a primary focus on advancing reforms in Burma.
- Address War Legacies: Help partner countries overcome lingering challenges threatening sustainable development by undertaking Agent Orange/dioxin remediation and humanitarian efforts to reduce the effects of unexploded ordnance.