The United States is ready to work with ASEAN members to “build a better future,” US President Joe Biden says.
US pledges to work with ASEAN members
US President Joe Biden has promised that the United States will work with a strategically vital coalition of Southeast Asian countries, telling leaders that “we’re going to build a better future that we all want to see” in the region where China is also working to expand its influence.
Citing the three Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits he has participated in as president, Biden said the 10-country bloc is “at the heart of my administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy” and promised to collaborate to build a region that is “free and open, stable and prosperous, resilient and secure”.
“I look forward to continuing our work together with ASEAN and with each one of you to deepen peace and prosperity throughout the region to resolve challenges from the South China Sea to Myanmar and to find innovative solutions to shared challenges,” Biden said.
Biden’s efforts at this year’s ASEAN summit are meant to lay the groundwork for his highly anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.