Biden proposes $150 million in Southeast Asia spending ahead of leader summit

Biden proposes $150 million in Southeast Asia spending ahead of leader summit


President Joe Biden is proposing more than $150 million in spending as he attempts to demonstrate his commitment to Southeast Asia.

The White House announced the framework as leaders from eight of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam — meet in Washington, D.C., for the first U.S.-ASEAN summit in the capital. Burma declined to send a nonpolitical representative after the military regime’s failed to implement ASEAN’s five-point consensus, and the Philippines is not in attendance either.

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A sizable chunk of the spending, $60 million, has been allocated for new maritime initiatives as China asserts itself in the South China Sea, according

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