Biden welcomes Southeast Asian Leaders; Makes Energy, Maritime Pledges; Pelosi Candid in Addressing LGBTQ Torture, Human Rights
AFP US President Joe Biden (center) and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House
Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed Southeast Asian leaders to Washington with promises to support clean energy and maritime security, hoping to showcase a US commitment as China makes wide inroads.
Top leaders from eight of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) flew to Washington for the two-day summit, which opened with a closed-door White House dinner of thyme poached chicken and vanilla ice cream.
The Biden administration, which took office describing China as the top international challenger, is eager to prove it is