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Biden's Asia policy

Harris rebukes China but pushes 'optimistic' US vision in Singapore

VP stresses Indo-Pacific engagement 'not against any one country'

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers a speech in Singapore on Aug. 24.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday sharply criticized China's actions in the South China Sea but insisted American engagement in the Indo-Pacific is "not against any one country," as she laid out Washington's regional policy in Singapore.

In a 15-minute speech, Harris described the Joe Biden administration's approach to security, economic relations and health with broad strokes and an upbeat tone, emphasizing plans to strengthen partnerships and reinforce a "shared vision."

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