WASHINGTON — White Home nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien is on his option to Vietnam and the Philippines, nations that share US concern over China’s more and more assertive habits and intensive maritime claims in Asia, the White Home mentioned on Wednesday.
Tweets from the White Home Nationwide Safety Council mentioned Mr. O’Brien would meet leaders in each nations “to reaffirm the energy of our bilateral relationships and to debate regional safety cooperation.”
Mr. O’Brien’s journey follows a go to to Hanoi final month by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That go to got here every week after Vietnam freed a Vietnamese-born US citizen, Michael Nguyen, who had been sentenced to 12 years in jail for “trying to overthrow the state.”
The previous Vietnam Warfare foes now have heat relations regardless of US considerations about Hanoi’s human rights practices.
Washington additionally has considerations about human rights within the Philippines, the place President Rodrigo R. Duterte has been engaged in a warfare on medicine through which 1000’s of city poor have been killed, many in mysterious circumstances.
On a go to final yr, Mr. Pompeo assured the Philippines that Washington would come to its protection if it got here underneath assault within the South China Sea, the place Manila has competing claims with China and different nations, together with Vietnam.
The administration of US President Donald J. Trump, who was defeated in his Nov. 3 re-election bid and is because of hand over energy to President-elect Joseph R. Biden on Jan. 20, had declared the Asia-Pacific and competitors with China a overseas coverage precedence.
Mr. Trump confronted criticism from former officers and different commentators for having Mr. O’Brien participate in his place in final weekend’s digital East Asia Summit, on the sidelines of which 15 nations, together with Vietnam and the Philippines, signed a significant China-backed regional commerce deal.
Mr. Trump plans to symbolize the USA at a digital Asia-Pacific summit this week through which his Chinese language counterpart President Xi Jinping plans to participate, a US official instructed Reuters. — Reuters