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USA versus China. The United States is strengthening its cooperation with ASEAN

USA versus China.  The United States is strengthening its cooperation with ASEAN

USA versus China. The United States is strengthening its cooperation with ASEAN

“Together we will tackle the biggest problems of our time,” said Biden, quoted by Kyodopo, arriving in Phnom Penh. He pointed to the need to defend against threats to the rules-based international order and the Indo-Pacific that will be “free and open, stable and prospering, resilient and secure”.

China is ASEAN’s largest trading partner, but its assertive behavior also creates friction, Kyodo points out, pointing to Beijing’s territorial claims at issue with the claims of four bloc countries: Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as the PRC’s conflict with Taiwan.

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