WASHINGTON: Vice President Kamala Harris will focus on defending international rules in the South China Sea, strengthening US leadership in the region and expanding cooperation on matters of security during her trip to Vietnam and Singapore , a senior White House official told Reuters. The trip will be Harris’s first to the region, making her the only US vice president to visit Vietnam and is aimed at rallying international support to counter China’s growing global influence. The countries are critical partners for the United States because of their location, size of their economies, their trade relationship with the United States and security partnership on issues such as the South China Sea, the official said. Former US foe Vietnam has emerged as a key partner of the United States and a vocal opponent of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Several countries in the region largely welcome a US presence in the face of Beijing’s militarisation of the waterway and its vast coastguard and fishing fleet. READ: US top diplomat Blinken to court Southeast Asia in virtual meetings next week “We do not want to see any country dominate that region or take advantage of the power situation to compromise the sovereignty of… Read full this story
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