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Biden's Asia policy

Subtle threat to ASEAN: US indifference to Indonesia and Thailand

Long-awaited diplomatic moves by Washington endanger bloc's solidarity

U.S. President Joe Biden has only just begun to make diplomatic moves toward ASEAN. (Nikkei montage/AP/Ken Kobayashi)

BANGKOK -- Six months after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the U.S. has finally begun diplomatic overtures to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended virtual foreign ministerial meetings on July 14 as well as the Aug. 4 ASEAN gathering, which brought together member states and representatives from nonmember countries to discuss security in a series of meetings.

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