In Jakarta, Blinken will hold talks with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. They will discuss a range of strategic issues, including trade and investment, infrastructure, climate change, and cooperation in the health sector.
Also, according to reports by Kyodo News and the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Biden is proposing an ASEAN summit in Washington next month. The U.S. has proposed holding the summit in the third week of January
Blinken's visit to Southeast Asia should not only be viewed through the prism of U.S.-China competition but in the context of renewed engagement with the region.
If this proposed summit were held, it would be the first in-person meeting between Biden and ASEAN leaders since he took office in January.
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