How the US can strengthen its South-east Asian ties

Beyond the Quad, the Biden administration could look to an expanded, like-minded 'squad' among Asean members.

Just over a month into office, the new United States administration has overseen a flurry of high-stakes meetings with key powers across the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean.

Within a single week, President Joe Biden attended a (virtual) summit with fellow G-7 powers, while Secretary of State Antony Blinken held meetings with Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) counterparts from India, Japan and Australia as well as with European powers of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, the so-called "E3".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2021, with the headline 'How the US can strengthen its South-east Asian ties'. Subscribe