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Congress uses its prerogatives to shape Asia policy

Most analysis of U.S. foreign policy focuses on the executive branch. That might make sense when the same party controls the White House and Congress, but does not apply after the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives this year. In fact, U.S. lawmakers have been taking a more active role in shaping the U.S. approach to the Indo-Pacific region for several years, most notably on policies toward China, human rights, trade and North Korea.

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