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Blinken begins Southeast Asia tour, with China in focus

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Jakarta (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday began a Southeast Asia tour in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where he will outline Washington’s policy on the Indo-Pacific, a key US-China battleground. Arriving from Britain after a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting dominated by tensions with Russia, Blinken will highlight what his administration says is the importance of Southeast Asia in US foreign policy. Later Monday, he will meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and on Tuesday will deliver an address on the “US approach to the Indo-Pacific”. US President Joe Biden’s strategy d…

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