According to Reuters, the U.S. government is planning to establish a defense system against China in the Indo-Pacific region as Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, will visit Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand on Dec.13.

During his trip to Southeast Asia, Blinken will first visit Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, on the 13th, then move on to Malaysia and Thailand on Dec. 16.

During the visit to Malaysia, the U.S. will promote the partnership development between the two countries. Together they will deal with the epidemic, establish a robust supply chain and ensure the Indo-Pacific region’s freedom and liberation.

Assistant Secretary Dan Kritenbrink from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs said that the purpose of his trip is to promote cooperation and exchange between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Focus is on strengthening regional security infrastructure to counter China’s contant pressures in the area and discussing the White House’s vision for the “Indo-Pacific Economic Framework” with allies.

After Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Daniel Kritenbrink from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Antony Blinken is the third U.S. official to visit Southeast Asia in more than a month.

As the U.S. and China compete, the Biden administration strengthens ties with Southeast Asia. The U.S. sees that Southeast Asia is playing a central role in countering China’s growing influence. 

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