US President Joe Biden will receive the leaders of the countries of Southeast Asia in Washington on May 12 and 13 for a extraordinary summit with leaders of that key region in the strategy to counteract the rise of China.

This summit between Biden and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) “will demonstrate the continued commitment” of the United States with this regional bloc “recognizing its central role in providing lasting solutions to the most urgent challenges,” the House stressed in a note. Blanca on Saturday, referring in particular to issues such as the pandemic COVID-19 or global warming.

“Being a strong and reliable partner for Southeast Asia is one of the top priorities” of the Democratic administration, he said.

The White House reiterated the US goal of “promoting a free and open, secure, connected and resilient Indo-Pacific,” a mantra used by Washington to parade its defense of the Asia-Pacific region against hegemonic ambitions and growing appetites. territorial exhibited by China.

ASEAN groups ten countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei), several of which border the South China Sea, where friction with China is increasing.

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