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President Biden: US-ASEAN Relations Enter ‘New Era’


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President Biden speaks at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Washington, DC on May 13

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said the first summit with ASEAN leaders in Washington, D.C., marked a “new era” in U.S.-ASEAN relations.

Speaking on the second day of the meeting, he said, “Most of our world’s history for the next 50 years will be written in ASEAN countries, and our relationship with you is the future of the coming decades”.

Earlier, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said the U.S. would continue to have a presence in the region for generations, stressing the need to preserve freedom of navigation.

“The United States and ASEAN share a common vision in the region, and together we will defend against threats to international law,” she said.

“We stand with our allies and partners in maintaining a rules-based maritime order, including freedom of navigation and international law,” he said.

Ms Harris said the United States would continue to work with ASEAN to address the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic after the region donated more than 115 million vaccine doses.

“As long as Covid-19 appears in any country, it affects all of us,” she said.

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Ms Harris works with ASEAN leaders at luncheon

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In addition, she said the United States and ASEAN need to show ambition on climate issues, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and meet infrastructure needs in a sustainable manner.

President Biden opened the White House on May 12 with a party where the U.S. government pledged $150 million to improve ASEAN’s infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other programs.

On May 13, he announced the nomination of the new ambassador to ASEAN, Mr. Johannes Abraham, currently the chief of staff of the National Security Council, to fill the vacancy since the beginning of the previous president’s term. Trump in 2017.