The United States is inviting ASEAN leaders to counter China’s influence


US President Joe Biden welcomed ASEAN leaders to the White House on Thursday, May 12 in a charming event. For two days, the leaders of the United States and Southeast Asian nations are set to discuss strengthening their economic and security ties. The Biden administration wants to show that the “Asia-centric” strategy is a priority: a strategy initiated by Barack Obama to counter China’s influence in the Indo – Pacific region.

From the first day Meeting with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), US President took his check: pledged to allocate a total of $ 150 million to various projects such as infrastructure, maritime security and clean energy.

But this moderate amount does not allow To compete with ChinaThis pushed the United States into second place and became ASEAN’s largest trading partner: in 2020 alone, trade between China and the group reached $ 685 billion.

But Washington is counting on other investments, especially in the private sector. During his visits to Tokyo and Seoul next week, Joe Biden is expected to launch the Indo-Pacific economic framework, a broader business venture. Try one instead Pacific Partnership It was started by President Barack Obama and abandoned by his successor Donald Trump.

The summit is also an opportunity for Washington to promote its ASEAN allies Condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine. Until now, however, for economic or political reasons, the majority of member states have refused Take the page.

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