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VP Harris Assures Asian Leaders US Is ‘Here to Stay’

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Asian leaders Friday that “the United States is here to stay” as she pitched Washington as a dependable financial associate dedicated to the area and its prosperity.

Harris advised leaders on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that the U.S. is a “proud Pacific power” and has a “vital interest in promoting a region that is open, interconnected, prosperous, secure and resilient.”

“The United States has an enduring economic commitment to the Indo-Pacific, one that is measured not in years, but in decades, and generations,” she stated. “And there is no better economic partner for this region than the United States of America.”

Harris postponed the beginning of her speech after receiving information that North Korea had fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed close to Japanese waters. She joined an emergency assembly of the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada wherein she slammed the missile check as a “brazen violation of multiple U.N. Security resolutions.”

“It destabilizes security in the region and unnecessarily raises tensions,” she stated.

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“We strongly condemn these actions and again call on North Korea to stop further unlawful destabilizing acts,” Harris stated. “On behalf of the United States I reaffirmed our ironclad commitment to our Indo-Pacific alliances.”

Her remarks on the broader APEC discussion board capped every week of high-level outreach from the United States to Asia as Washington seeks to counter rising Chinese affect within the area, with President Joe Biden attending first the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia, then the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia.

Biden additionally pushed the message of U.S. dedication to the area, and met one-on-one with Chinese chief Xi Jinping.

Following that assembly, he stated there “need not be a new Cold War” between the 2 nations, whereas underlining that when it got here to China, the United States would “compete vigorously, but I’m not looking for conflict.”

Many Asian international locations started questioning U.S. dedication to Asia after former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership commerce deal, which had been the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia.

The Biden administration has been looking for to regain belief and reap the benefits of rising questions over strings hooked up to Chinese regional infrastructure investments that critics have dubbed Beijing’s “debt trap” diplomacy.

One case that observers have cited as a cautionary story is that of Sri Lanka, which has been mired in an ongoing financial disaster.

Sri Lanka borrowed closely from China over the previous decade for infrastructure initiatives which have did not earn sufficient income to pay for the loans. The ensuing debt has contributed to the nation’s financial issues regardless that China was not its greatest creditor.

In October, Sri Lanka started debt restructuring talks with China, an vital step towards finalizing an International Monetary Fund rescue of the island nation off the southern tip of India.

Harris advised the discussion board that, in contrast, the billions of {dollars} of infrastructure funding that the United States is mobilizing with the opposite G-7 international locations for the creating world is “high-standard, transparent, climate-friendly and does not leave countries with insurmountable debt.”

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Harris additionally highlighted Washington’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework launched earlier this 12 months, which she stated now encompasses a gaggle of economies representing 40 % of the worldwide GDP who’re “dedicated to equitable growth and high environmental and labor standards,” in addition to sturdy non-public sector partnerships.

She stated almost 30 % of American exports go to the Indo-Pacific and American corporations make investments about $1 trillion yearly within the area.

“America’s approach to these relationships is based on collaboration, sustainability, transparency and fairness,” she stated. “Through all of our efforts, we will continue to uphold and strengthen international economic rules and norms that protect a free market and create predictability and stability, which is essential to protect companies from arbitrary interference, protect nations from economic coercion and protect workers’ rights.”

She assured the discussion board that strengthening ties was now a bipartisan precedence for the U.S., and one that may be enduring.

“As we go forward together, the companies and economies in this region will find a United States that brings immense opportunities for growth,” she stated. “A United States that will uphold the rules of the road. And a United States that that will help build prosperity for everyone.”

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