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Biden's Asia policy

US does not support Taiwan independence: Kurt Campbell

Indo-Pacific coordinator pledges to 'step up' engagement with Southeast Asia

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden wave as they board Air Force One at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England on June 9. The White House looks to use an infrastructure initiative agreed to by the G-7 to assist Southeast Asian development. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

NEW YORK -- U.S President Joe Biden's point man on Asia is "astonished" by China's determination to play the leading role on the global stage and will "step up" its engagement in Southeast Asia to hold back such a trend. But the administration does not support Taiwan independence and understands the sensitivities involved, Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell said Tuesday.

Campbell's remarks at the Asia Society, are his first public comments since President Xi Jinping's July 1 speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party, in which the Chinese leader called the reunification of Taiwan "a historic mission and an unshakable commitment" of the party. 

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