Joe Biden, the President of the United States, is hosting leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). His government makes an extended effort to establish that the U.S. has not lost focus on the Pacific even while addressing Russian aggression in Ukraine. The U.S. president will start his dialog over dinner Thursday evening with leaders from ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand) attending the two-day conference.
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It will be the first meeting of the group at the White House. Leaders of these nations will take part in more official dialogs at the State Department on Friday. Leaders from the two ASEAN members, the Philippines, and Myanmar, are not likely to attend the conference. The Washington special summit comes before the U.S. president departs next week for a quick tour to Japan and South Korea – his first official tour to Asia after taking oath as a president – for dialogs with those two nations’ leaders.
Biden will also meet during his tour with leaders from the Indo-Pacific strategic alliance with the United States known as the Quad: Japan, India, and Australia. Furthermore, the U.S. president sought to focus on the Quad and developing relations with Pacific countries in the early going of his presidency. He sees a growing China as the most threatening national and economic security rival to the U.S.
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Biden saw his effort at an Asia pivot complicated by the most severe violence in Europe since World War 2, which consumed much of his foreign policy bandwidth during the last some months. At an event on Wednesday, the coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the White House National Security Council, Kurt Campbell, said that former governments had a sense that they had the head off with a relentless pace to focus on East Asia or the Indo-Pacific region.
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