Washington — On Thursday President Biden began welcoming Southeast Asian leaders at the White House for a two-day visit, delivering a message of solidarity, and even many of his administrations provided a breakwater against China’s influence in the region. It continues to focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the aim of doing so.
The summit, which ends on Friday, aims to cover a variety of topics such as trade, human rights and climate change. But it is also part of Mr. Biden’s foreign policy team’s efforts to emphasize one of the president’s main goals.
As a candidate, Mr Biden promised to put China at the center of his foreign policy. Instead, high-ranking government officials have confirmed to reporters this week that the war in Europe has created daily demands for the president and his team to consume time and energy.
However, officials who demanded anonymity in preparing for the summit said Biden remained concerned and focused on the need to prevent China from dominating the Indo-Pacific. Officials said the gathering of Mr Biden and other world leaders in Washington was an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment.
On Thursday night, the White House announced a new investment of approximately $ 150 million in the region as part of a series of agreements between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
US investment includes $ 40 million in clean energy projects in Southeast Asia. White House executives said the government estimates that the money will be used to raise or raise $ 2 billion to build the project.
The United States has also invested $ 60 million to deploy additional Coast Guard-led maritime assets in the region and to conduct training and other activities in collaboration with other countries aimed at enforcing maritime law. I promised to do it.
The government also says it will spend $ 15 million to expand its health monitoring program in Southeast Asia and better detect Covid-19 and other airborne infections in the region.
The president is also traveling to Japan and South Korea from May 20th to May 24th. This is a trip that focuses primarily on China. White House officials do not provide travel details, but the president is expected to meet with fellow leaders of other so-called quad countries: Australia, India, and Japan.
On Thursday, ASEAN leaders met with Chairman Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to meet at a hotel in Washington to discuss business opportunities with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and senior American industry executives.
Biden welcomed the leaders to the White House on Thursday night at a brief ceremony in South Lawn. The group took pictures before entering the White House for dinner.
On Friday, Asian leaders will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in the morning, and then with Mr. Biden at the White House. According to government officials, the group will discuss trading opportunities. Pass through disputed waterways, including the South China Sea. And other topics.
One of those topics is likely to be Myanmar, an ASEAN member, and Aung San Suu Kyi was banished as a national civilian leader last year when the military served in the army. Performing a coup d’etat.. Government officials said the United States and the countries in the region are focused on the situation and are dissatisfied with it.
US national security officials said the United States and other countries agreed to leave their chairs empty during the Myanmar summit as a way to register the disapproval of action by Myanmar’s military. Officials also said the United States upheld ASEAN’s decision to prevent Myanmar’s military representatives from attending the summit.
The rally is also intended to be an opportunity to show that Harris is focusing on the region. She led an American delegation to Asia last summer, using her speech in Singapore to condemn China’s “illegal allegations” against the South China Sea, “weakening rule-based order and sovereignty of the state. I threaten you. “
Officials said Harris plans to use Friday’s meeting with Asian leaders to focus on climate change measures, clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.