US President Joe Biden met with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Cambodia. They both committed to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” underscoring the importance of greater US involvement in the region in the face of China’s growing power, Kyodo said.
“Together we will tackle the greatest problems of our time,” Biden said upon his arrival in the capital Cambodia Phnom Penh points to the need to maintain a rules-based international order and an Indo-Pacific that is “free and open, stable and prosperous, resilient and secure” against threats.
China They are ASEAN’s biggest trading partners, but their assertive behavior creates friction, Kyodo reminds, pointing to Beijing’s territorial claims at issue with those of the four bloc countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, as well as the China conflict Taiwan.
New American ventures
The White House has released a list of new initiatives prepared for Sunday’s US-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit, which includes ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei). and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and America said Daniel Crittenbrink of the State Department.
These initiatives include combating illegal and unregulated fishing and deploying electric vehicle infrastructure to help ASEAN countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Kyodo, in talks with officials from ASEAN countries, Biden may have discussed the situation in Myanmar after last year’s military coup.
Biden spoke with the Cambodian prime minister
During a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of an ASEAN summit, the White House said Biden expressed concern about Chinese activities at the Rheem naval base. According to a Washington Post report, parts of the Cambodian Riam Naval Base in the Gulf of Thailand are to be reserved for the exclusive use of the Chinese military.
Biden called on the Cambodian prime minister to release political detainees and open political and civic spaces ahead of next year’s elections.
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