A summit between the United States and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN) is back on. The White House announced that President Joe Biden will meet with leaders from the group on 12 and 13 May. This follows the recent cancellation of an earlier iteration of the summit, planned for early April, due to the crisis in Ukraine, and scheduling conflicts.
The meeting follows a 2021 summit, during which the United States pledged $102 million in initiatives to expand its engagement with the Southeast Asian economic power bloc.
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U.S. officials are coming to the ASEAN summit eager to emphasize the region’s importance, and to rebalance perceptions that it is currently mostly focused on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Cross-cutting issues like climate change ...