October 29, 2021

Biden announces new steps to strengthen the US-ASEAN relationship.

President Joe Biden of the United States has stated his intention to invest up to USD102 million in new initiatives to strengthen the US-Asean strategic cooperation.

Biden made the statement during a virtual conference with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member nations and the Asean Secretary-General on Tuesday in preparation for the annual US-Aean Summit.

According to a written statement released by the US Embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday, the new plan to expand the US-Asean strategic alliance is intended at assisting the region’s recovery from Covid-19, addressing the climate catastrophe, fostering economic growth, and building human capital.

Biden reaffirmed the US commitment to deepening collaboration with Asean, as well as its centrality, during the virtual US-Asean Summit, and praised the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

Biden also reaffirmed the US’s long-term commitment to the region, promising to strengthen collaboration to meet the region’s challenges, which included working with allies and partners to preserve the international rules-based order and support a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The US-Asean partnership is critical for the future of our entire population of one billion people. Our cooperation is critical to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, which has long served as the bedrock of our shared security and prosperity “He confirmed it.

“On the Indo-Pacific and the rules-based regional order, the United States fully supports the Asean Outlook and the Indo-Pacific,” he continued.

Biden also emphasized the importance of the US-Asean strategic alliance, noting new efforts to deepen high-level US-Asean cooperation in health, environment, energy, transportation, and women empowerment.

He reaffirmed the US commitment to ending the Covid-19 epidemic and better preparing for the next, including providing over 40 million vaccine doses and more than USD200 million in emergency health and humanitarian aid to Asean member states to combat the virus.

He also called for aggressive action to bolster health systems and security, as well as to reduce the climate problem, as well as reaffirm US support for a better and more sustainable recovery.

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