Power Play

Can the US walk and chew gum at the same time in Ukraine and Indo-Pacific?

The US has gone to some lengths to signal to Indo-Pacific nations that it can focus on both the ongoing crisis in Europe and its commitment to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Feb 17, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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As storm clouds gathered over Ukraine this month, with Russian troops massing on the other side of its border and American officials warning of an imminent Russian invasion, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was half a world away in the Indo-Pacific.

Mr Blinken's week-long trip to Australia, Fiji and Hawaii sought to drive home the US focus on the region, a point further underscored by the Indo-Pacific Strategy document released on Feb 11.

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