Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over ‘aggressive’ China By Reuters

Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over 'aggressive' China By Reuters
5/5 Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over 'aggressive' China© Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy at the Universitas Indonesia, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 14, 2021. Olivier Douliery/Pool via REUTERS 2/5

By Humeyra Pamuk

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken touted on Tuesday a U.S. strategy to deepen its Asian treaty alliances, offering to boost defence and intelligence work with partners in an Indo-Pacific region increasingly concerned over China’s “aggressive actions”.

On a visit to Indonesia, Blinken called the Indo-Pacific the world’s most dynamic region, where everyone had a stake in ensuring a status quo that was without coercion and intimidation, making a barely veiled reference to China.

He said the United States, its allies and some South China Sea claimants would push back against any unlawful action.

“We’ll work with…

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