WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Singapore and Vietnam next month on a trip focused on strengthening economic ties and celebrating America’s cultural connection with the Indo-Pacific region.
It will be Harris’ first trip abroad and second trip abroad after visiting Guatemala and Mexico in June as part of her role as head of diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration to the United States. And it will be the first time that a US Vice President has visited Vietnam.
Harris will be President Joe Biden’s highest ranking official to visit Asia. Your visit comes as the government works to counter China’s influence in the region and around the world.
Harris will meet with Singapore and Vietnam leaders to discuss regional security, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, according to Harris spokesman Symone Sanders.
“President Biden and Vice President Harris have made it a top priority to rebuild our global partnerships and protect our nation, and this upcoming visit continues that work – deepening our commitment to Southeast Asia,” said Sanders on Friday, adding, that Harris was “the first Vice President to ever visit Vietnam.”
The Biden government has placed an emphasis on strengthening diplomatic ties with the nations in the Indo-Pacific region to drive China back. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting the region this week with a focus on providing assistance to Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China.
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