The American President Joe Biden will participate and attend virtually in the upcoming summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday.
Biden will lead the U.S. delegation for the ASEAN-United States summit, part of a series of ASEAN leaders’ meetings this week, according to international reports.
The upcoming summit will focus on collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine distribution, climate change, supply chains, and infrastructure.
Also in this regard, some geopolitical experts assessed Biden’s meeting with the 10-nation bloc as an indicator of his administration’s proactive efforts to engage allies and partners in a collective effort to push back against China.
It is also expected that Biden will assure ASEAN that a recent U.S. focus on engagement with India, Japan, and Australia in the so-called Quad format and a deal to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines are not intended to supplant ASEAN’s central role in the region.