Blinken said that U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is committed to maintaining peace and prosperity in the region and would do that by boosting U.S. alliances, forging new relationships, and ensuring that the U.S. military maintains "its competitive edge."
He said that would include linking the U.S. and Asian defense industries, integrating supply chains, and cooperating on technological innovation.
Later, he signed a series of three agreements with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, including one that extends until 2026, an existing maritime cooperation pact that, among other issues, calls for enhanced joint US-Indonesian naval exercises.
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