Asean is 'fulcrum' of Indo-Pacific strategy: US

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong described Asean as not just the core but also "the fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific policy and a geographical truth" as well.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong described Asean as not just the core but also "the fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific policy and a geographical truth" as well.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM STATE.GOV

SINGAPORE - The United States under President Donald Trump sees Southeast Asia as the fulcrum of its 'free and open Indo-Pacific' strategy rather than a region excluded from it.

This is coming from its newly appointed point man for security initiatives in East Asia and the Pacific, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong.

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