The president of United States, Joe Bidenwill host a summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington on May 12 and 13, the White House announced on Saturday.
“The special summit will demonstrate America’s permanent commitment to ASEANrecognizing its central role in the search for sustainable solutions to the region’s pressing challenges,” said Press Secretary Jen Psakiit’s a statement.
Biden considers ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) a key block to face the rise of China.
During the last summit between the United States and ASEAN, which was held virtually last October, Biden announced a contribution of 102 million dollars for the region for health, climate, economy and education programs.
The White House spokeswoman stated this Saturday in the statement that a “main priority” of the US Government is to remain as “a strong and reliable partner” for Southeast Asia. “Our aspiration for the region is to promote a free, open, secure, connected and resilient Indo-Pacific,” Psaki stressed.
At the last summit, ASEAN leaders called for an end to violence and a constructive dialogue in Burma (Myanmar) in the face of the crisis unleashed by the coup.
Biden’s participation in that virtual meeting was the first time in four years that Washington was involved at the highest level with this bloc of nations.
Since donald trump (2017-2021) attended the 2017 summit organized by the Philippines, the delegations from the North American country that participated in the summit of ASEAN leaders had not been led by the American president.