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06/02/2012: MEDIA ADVISORY: Royce to Hold Hearing on U.S.-Philippines Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 6, 2012

Contact: Audra McGeorge (202) 225-4111

MEDIA ADVISORY

Royce to Hold Hearing on U.S.-Philippines Alliance

Hearing Examines Reinvigorated Alliance Ahead of Key Meetings

WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade will hold a hearing examining the expanding U.S.-Philippines security and trade relationship on Tuesday, February 7, at 2:00 pm in 2172 Rayburn Building.

The United States and the Republic of the Philippines maintain close ties based upon the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, common strategic and economic interests, and shared democratic values. Since 9/11, the U.S. has actively worked with the Armed Forces of the Philippines on counterterrorism cooperation. Security cooperation is being intensified, focusing on maritime security. Economic cooperation is also on the agenda. Legislation to assist the Philippine apparel industry is currently under consideration in Congress. Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Panetta will conduct a significant bilateral meeting with their counterparts from the Philippines next month. President Aquino is scheduled to visit Washington later this year. What are the challenges and opportunities for this important relationship?

Who: Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

What: Subcommittee hearing: “The U.S.-Philippines Alliance: Deepening the Security and Trade Partnership”

Witnesses: The Honorable Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State ;

The Honorable Peter Lavoy, Ph.D., Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

When: 2:00pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Media Advisory from the office of Cong. Ed Royce