31 Jul '18, 1am

Pompeo to visit Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia this week

Pompeo to visit Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia this week

NEW YORK -- The U.S. declared a "new era" in American commitment to the Indo-Pacific on Monday, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing a $113 million package aimed at developing the region's digital economy, energy sector and infrastructure. Although Pompeo made no mention of China, experts say the plan is meant to defend U.S. interests in the region as China forges ahead with its own trade and infrastructure investment program, the Belt and Road Initiative. Pompeo said he will leave Wednesday on a trip to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, where he will discuss the plan, which he called a "whole-of-government" mission. Speaking at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington on Monday, Pompeo said, "The Indo-Pacific, which stretches from the United States west coast to the west coast of India, is a subject of great importance to American foreign policy." He calle...

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