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Blinken to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the OSCE Council of Ministers in Stockholm, Sweden, December 2, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry / Broadcast via REUTERS

December 6, 2021

By Stanley Widianto and Rozanna Latiff

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week as the Biden administration strengthens its engagement in Southeast Asia, a bloc it sees as central to its efforts to counter influence. China’s growing.

I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesia’s general manager for American and European affairs, told reporters on Monday that Blinken will visit Jakarta on December 13-14, as the third senior official. and is the highest-ranking US official to visit the region in two months.

Two Southeast Asian diplomatic sources, who requested anonymity, said Blinken is also expected to visit Malaysia on December 14-15 during his first trip to the region.

During its Indonesia leg, Blinken will give a keynote on health, investment and infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific, Ngurah said. Blinken will also participate virtually in the Bali Democracy Forum on December 9.

It remains unclear whether Blinken will visit other countries in the region. A spokesman for the US Embassy in Jakarta declined to comment.

At the meeting https://www.reuters.com/world/us/blinken-says-us-soon-will-release-new-strategy-indo-pacific-region-2021-09-23 with the Southeast foreign ministers Asia in Blinken said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September, that Washington would soon come up with a new strategy for the broader Indo-Pacific that would build “on the vision of our common vision of a free, open, connected, sustainable and secure region”.

Daniel Kritenbrink, America’s top diplomat for East Asia, said last week https://www.reuters.com/world/us-diplomat-says-not-asking-asian-allies-choose-washington-over- beijing-2021-March 12 in Thailand where Washington does not ask its allies to choose between themselves and China, instead promoting a shared vision of a rules-based order “where the great powers do not bully the weak”. Trade Minister Gina Raimondo also visited the region in mid-November to promote relations between economies https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-malaysia-agree- transparency-semiconductor-manthersuring-supply-chains-2021-11 -18.

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto and Rozanna Latiff in Kuala Lumpur; Editing by John Geddie)

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