US President Joe Biden is to emphasize the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and across the Indo-Pacific region at a meeting with ASEAN leaders this weekend, a senior official from Biden’s administration said on Tuesday.
Biden is tomorrow to embark on an international trip, starting with a visit to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
He is to then travel to Phnom Penh for the annual US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit over the weekend, before continuing on to Bali, Indonesia, for the G20 leaders’ summit next week, the official said.
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At the ASEAN and East Asia summits, Biden is to address issues of importance to ASEAN members, including efforts to promote human rights and the crisis in Myanmar, the official added.
He would also “highlight the [US’] enduring commitment to the rules-based international order, including in the South China Sea,” and talk about the importance of peace and stability throughout the region and in the Taiwan Strait, they said.
At the G20 meeting, Biden would “lay the foundations of a more sustainable and inclusive global economy,” which would support US families and the economies of vulnerable countries, the official said.
The official remained tight-lipped over whether Biden would hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).
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