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US foreign policy for Asia-Pacific disseminated

(KPL) The Lao Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) in combination with the Asia Foundation organised a lecture titled “Evolving East Asian Regionalism and the Role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region: National Interests and Strategic Imperative”.

The lecture was held at the IFA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), in Vientiane on Monday.

President of the Pacific Forum Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Honolulu, the United States of America, Mr. Ralph A. Cossa delivered a lecture on the above-mentioned title aimed to provide deep understanding on the growing evolving movement in the Asia-Pacific region, interests and strategy of the US in this region, to officials of MOFA, the External Relations Committee of Party Central Commission and different ministries.

Mr. Cossa has pointed out the evolution and efforts in materialising the East Asia Community. Since it is an interesting region for the superpowers and a highly competitive ground in where the superpowers would like play a role.

Mr. Cossa has also highlighted the role of the US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation office, based in San Francisco, is responsible for Asia. The foundation provides assistance at both national and regional levels.

In 2008, the Asia Foundation provided more than US$87 million in programme support and distributed over one million books and education materials, valued at US$41 million, throughout Asia.

The Lao Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Asia Foundation have had a long standing cooperation and relation.

The Pacific Forum Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Honolulu, a non-profit, foreign policy institute affiliated with the centre for strategic and international studies in Washington D.C.

Director General of the Institute, Ms. Malayvieng Sakonnignom and Country Director of the Asia Foundation in Laos, Ms. Gretchen Kunze, also attended the event.





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