The virtual gathering of the East Asia Summit took place as tensions between the United States and China have been intensifying recently over several issues in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the South and East China Seas and the Taiwan Strait.
Biden's participation in the meeting underscored that the United States has been keen to regain its influence in the region, while China has been trying to bolster relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Noting the "enduring" U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific, Biden expressed concern over "threats" to the international rules-based order and vowed to stand with allies and partners to support democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and freedom of the seas, the White House said.
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