U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit kicks off in Washington without Myanmar
The United States followed ASEAN’s lead in refusing to invite coup leader Min Aung Hlaing but offering a spot to a “non-political representative” of Myanmar—an offer the junta has consistently refused.
Biden has made a point of stressing ASEAN centrality, and for the attending ASEAN leaders this is a chance to set out regional priorities to a superpower whose influence, if receding, is still substantial.
ASEAN and the United States to Convene a Special Summit in Washington D.C. on 12-13 May 2022
ASEAN Leaders and President Joe Biden will meet to discuss ways and means to intensify cooperation in various areas, including COVID-19 response and global health security, climate change, sustainable development, maritime cooperation, human capital development, education and people-to-people ties
How East Asia has controlled coronavirus, and what it means for its recovery
Vietnam’s crisis response has been representative of East Asia’s impressive ability to stem the spread of COVID-19. It has reported zero deaths from COVID-19, compared to 846 confirmed deaths per million in Belgium.
After a slow start, the Biden administration has begun to secure confirmation of some top diplomatic appointees for Southeast Asia. However several important posts, like Thailand or the Philippines, remain vacant.
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