US Vice President arrives in Singapore for first trip to Asia
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Singapore on Sunday as part of her first official trip to Asia which aims to show U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific region amid China’s growing weight.
His trip to two countries in Asia, which includes Vietnam, comes as US President Joe Biden faces strong criticism at home and abroad over the chaos caused by the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan amid the recent takeover of the country by the Taliban.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris gestures as she delivers remarks in the South Court auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 27, 2021, in Washington. (Getty / Kyodo)
Harris will stay in Singapore for three days from Sunday, to meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, after which they plan to hold a joint press conference.
Also on Monday, she will visit Changi Naval Base where she will board a US coastal combat ship.
She will deliver a speech the next day to highlight the importance of partnerships and areas for future cooperation, before flying to Vietnam where she will become the first sitting U.S. Vice President to visit the country.
Last month, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, becoming the first member of Biden’s cabinet to visit Southeast Asia.
The Biden administration has sought to strengthen cooperation with its partners and like-minded countries to counter China’s growing assertion in the region.
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