Washington, Jan 1: US President Donald Trump, for advancing US interests in the Indo-Pacific region, signed a legislation designed to establish a multi-dimensional strategy.

"The President signed into law the 'Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018,' which establishes a multifaceted US strategy to increase US security, economic interests, and values in the Indo-Pacific region," the press release said on Monday.
The signed bill authorizes $1.5 billion and includes the funding to counter the strategic influence of China worldwide and their alleged attempts to undermine the international politics, says a text of the bill.

The law also suggests the US President to develop a diplomatic strategy that includes working with allies to conduct joint maritime training and freedom of navigation operations in the East and South China Seas.

In a separate statement on Monday, however, Trump despite signing the act listed more than 20 provisions to which he took exception. Some of the provisions, Trump said, purport to dictate US foreign policy and restrict his authority to control personnel and materiel for the successful conduct of military operations including with respect to North Korea.

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