Blinken says US soon will release new strategy for Indo-Pacific region

25-Sep-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:05 AM Print This Post

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday that Washington would soon release a new comprehensive strategy for the wider Indo-Pacific region.

The Biden administration is hoping to pivot from the crisis in Afghanistan to focus on its main national security priority of countering a rising China.

Speaking at the start of a meeting with his counterparts in the 10-nation bloc on the sidelines of the UN general Assembly, Blinken said the US strategy would emerge “this fall” and “builds on our shared vision for a free, open, interconnected, resilient and secure region.”

“It will reflect Southeast Asia’s importance to the Indo-Pacific region and the critical role that Asean plays in determining the region’s future,” he added.


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