Pompeo knocks China in pitching USA interests in South-east Asia

Pompeo knocks China in pitching USA interests in South-east Asia

Unveiling President Donald Trump's economic strategy for advancing a "free and open" Indo-Pacific, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today announced Dollars 113 million in new regional investments focused on digital connectivity, infrastructure and energy, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the region.

Pompeo reviewed a number of major USA projects in the Indo-Pacific and pointed out that the United States is "the single largest source of cumulative investment" in the region, "larger than China, Japan, and the European Union".

Pompeo made broad claims for USA efforts in the Indo-Pacific, heralding "a new era in United States economic commitment to peace and prosperity" in the region.

U.S. seeks "partnership, not domination" in Indo-Pacific region, declares @SecPompeo.

"If the USA and any other countries have the will to step up infrastructure investment to boost regional interconnectivity, we welcome it", Geng told reporters at a daily briefing.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2018.

"Thanks to this history of economic and commercial engagement, America's relationships throughout the Indo-Pacific today are characterised by mutual trust and respect".

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Trade Minister Steve Ciobo denied the three-way initiative was a challenge to China, saying it only added to various regional programs already underway. "We really do see that India is one of the anchor countries in how we bring this whole region into greater connectivity and really boost commerce and trade across the region", she said.

The United States Trade and Development Agency signed an agreement on new energy development in India, and launched a liquefied natural gas cooperation programme with Japan. It doesn't exclude any nation.

The United States is pursuing bilateral trade agreements in lieu of a regional deal, he said."I know some are wondering about America's role in the region in light of president Trump's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership", he said. We want it to be free, we want it to be open.

In contrast, Qin believes that the USA initiatives on digital connectivity, energy projects, and infrastructure target the needs of this region and will foster fair and reciprocal relationships, with U. Another advantage of the United States, he said, is that "we will help them keep their people free from coercion or great power domination". "It's high-quality, it's transparent and it is financially sustainable", Hook said. "This is key to worldwide peace", Mr Pompeo said.

Under this the USA will support communications infrastructure development through technical assistance and public-private partnerships; promote market-driven digital regulatory policies; and build partners' cybersecurity capacity to address common threats, he said. But Pompeo did not offer any outline of specific diplomatic partnerships with like-minded countries or companies that would leverage U.S. funding for bigger impact.

Pompeo will also announce funding to support Asean through US-Asean Connect, the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) forum and the Lower Mekong Initiative, as well as announcing a first-ever US contribution to the Indian Ocean Rim Association, the senior policy adviser explained.

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