US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders to satisfy subsequent month in Las Vegas, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Tuesday, after a summit final yr was scrapped.
Pompeo confirmed the date when requested at a information convention whether or not fears over the coronavirus outbreak would delay the summit with members of the 10-nation Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“The ASEAN summit remains to be, we’re working our approach by it for … the second weekend in March in Las Vegas,” Pompeo stated.
Diplomats stated that the summit would contain Trump and is scheduled to happen on March 12 within the desert playing haven.
America started sounding out Southeast Asian leaders about visiting after Chile canceled a Pacific Rim summit scheduled for November within the wake of main demonstrations.
Trump had likewise skipped an ASEAN summit and parallel East Asia Summit final yr in Bangkok.
He as an alternative despatched his nationwide safety advisor, Robert O’Brien, within the lowest-level participation ever by america within the East Asia Summit.
Most ASEAN leaders snubbed a gathering with O’Brien, sending junior officers who have been of extra parallel rank.
The low-level presence in Bangkok got here after years of US efforts to point out that america is dedicated to Asia within the face of a rising China.
In Bangkok, O’Brien renewed the US name for freedom of navigation and accused China of utilizing “intimidation” to cease ASEAN nations from exploiting sources within the South China Sea.
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