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Biden announces $102M to support Southeast Asian nations

Added 10-26-21 11:58:02am EST - “President Biden on Tuesday announced the U.S. will provide $102 million to support Southeast Asia nations' recovery from COVID-19, address climate change, promote economic growth and develop human capital.” - Thehill.com

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President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue MORE on Tuesday announced the U.S. will provide $102 million to support Southeast Asia nations’ recovery from COVID-19, address climate change, promote economic growth and develop human capital.

The president met virtually with leaders of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) member states and the ASEAN Secretary General for the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit on Tuesday morning. 

The over $100 million financial commitment is for new initiatives to expand the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership as Biden has focused much of his foreign policy around China and worked to bulk up the U.S. presence in the Pacific. 

Biden on Tuesday called ASEAN “essential ... to the regional architecture of the Indo-Pacific” and a “lynchpin” to security in “our shared region.” 

“I want you all to hear directly from me the importance the United States places on its relationship with ASEAN,” he said. “You can expect to see me showing up and reaching out to you.” 

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