By Julian Pecquet - 03/21/13 05:44 PM EDT
Acting Secretary of State for East Asia Joseph Yun said the administration shared Cardin's priorities.
“While the rebalance reflects the importance the U.S. government places on our strategic and economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific,” he said, “the dimension that binds the entire strategy together is our strong support for advancing democracy and human rights.”
“As the president also made clear, there is still a long road ahead,” he said. “That is why we are focused on helping Burma solidify the progress it has made so far and strengthen the hand of those seeking further reform, so that that process becomes irreversible.”
Cardin said helping Burma have free and fair elections in 2015 will be a “top U.S. government priority.”