United States urges ASEAN to take immediate action on Myanmar, rejects China’s maritime claim
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States has turned down China’s unlawful maritime claims on the South China Sea and is siding with the Southeast Asian nations in standing against China’s oppression.
In a video conference address, he told the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) that the United States is troubled with the current situation in Myanmar and have asked the association to take proper measures and address the violence happening in the country and restore its democracy.
After Biden’s administration took office since January, the meeting with the ASEAN is the first which came due to the deep concerns among the diplomats and others as Washington has not been providing sufficient attention to a region that is crucial to its regional strategy to counter an increasingly powerful China.
ASEAN has been heading the main diplomatic effort on Myanmar which is part of the bloc as the coup that transpired since Feb 1 has placed the country under turmoil.