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Blinken to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week

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By Stanley Widianto and Rozanna Latiff JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit Indonesia and Malaysia next week as the Biden administration ramps up engagement in Southeast Asia, a bloc it sees as central to its efforts to counter China’s growing influence. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesia’s director general for American and European Affairs, told reporters on Monday that Blinken will visit Jakarta on Dec. 13-14, the third and most senior U.S. official to visit the region in two months. Two Southeast Asian diplomatic sources, who requested anonym…

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