Translated by: MOS Translation Team – tang777
Recently, the Biden administration of the United States once again expressed goodwill to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). On November 29, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs, Carmen G. Cantor, visited Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The U.S. State Department emphasized in a statement on the same day that Cantor’s visit shows that the U.S. supports the “Indo-Pacific rules-based order” and will discuss human rights challenges with Southeast Asian countries to enhance ASEAN’s role in regional affairs governance and regional stability.
It said that the U.S. government is coordinating the resumption of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit in Washington DC next year in January, and will send Secretary of State Blinken to visit Southeast Asia before the summit. This is the second move by the United States to pull ASEAN together after President Biden’s participation in the ASEAN summit on October 27. Some analysts pointed out that the recent frequent US show for a favor to ASEAN is aimed at targeting the Chinese Communist authorities, which are increasingly involved in ASEAN affairs.
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