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Biden, Sullivan at ASEAN Promote Indo-Pacific Bloc of Global NATO

Nov. 12, 2022 (EIRNS)—At the ASEAN Summit today in Phnom Penh, the duo of President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are making clear in meetings and to media the core intent of promoting the Indo-Pacific bloc, which, without their saying it, is part of the reach of Global NATO. Biden gave short remarks at the opening of today’s ASEAN-U.S. Summit, stating that, “This is my third trip, my third summit—second in person—and it’s testament to the importance the United States places in our relationship with ASEAN and our commitment to ASEAN’s centrality. ASEAN is the heart of my administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. And we continue to strengthen our commitment to work in lockstep with an empowered, unified ASEAN.”

Sullivan previewed Biden’s script, when speaking to the media aboard Air Force One, on the trip from COP27 in Egypt to Cambodia last night. He said that Biden “was intent on elevating our engagement in the Indo-Pacific” from the start of his administration, and he will be doing that over the course of this set of summits. He refers to ASEAN, the East Asia Summit tomorrow, and the Group of 20 in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 15-16. Sullivan said that Biden will be promoting the U.S.-initiated Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and security partnerships. This is the IPEF announced earlier this year, which has taken off like a lead balloon.

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