Blinken visits Indonesia as US aims to strengthen Southeast Asia relations
Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State of the United States, paid a visit in Indonesia, beginning off a tour to Southeast Asia aimed at boosting relations in a region that has emerged as a geopolitical battlefield between the United States and China.
In his first trip to Southeast Asia since US President Joe Biden took office in January, Blinken will begin his trip in Malaysia and Thailand this week after visiting Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, where he will meet with President Joko Widodo and deliver a speech on the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy the following day.
In the world’s two most powerful economies, the United States and China, Southeast Asia is a vital battleground in their struggle. The Biden administration is attempting to rebuild ties with a region in which the United States’ commitment was questioned under President Donald Trump.