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Biden's Asia policy

US courts ASEAN, but bloc wary of another halfhearted 'pivot'

State Department's No. 2 tours region, playing catch-up to China

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Phnom Penh on June 1. (Photo from Office of Cambodian PM)

JAKARTA -- Months after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the U.S. is finally turning its diplomatic focus to Southeast Asia to counter rising Chinese clout there.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman became the first senior State Department official in the Biden administration to visit members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this week.

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