US-ABC Applauds President Biden for Signing COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill into Law

The US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) commends President Joe Biden for signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law.

“How we treat hate within our own borders impacts our relationships abroad,” said Alexander Feldman, Chairman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “As an organization committed to fostering understanding, goodwill and meaningful relations between the United States and Southeast Asia, we applaud President Biden for taking this necessary step to stand up for Asian-Americans at home and rebuild trust with our friends and partners across Asia.”

Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Representative Grace Meng of New York introduced the bill, which directs the Department of Justice to expedite the review of COVID-19 hate crimes in order to combat the recent surge of violence and harassment towards Asians and Asian-Americans, which the Council strongly condemns.

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For over 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.