US fleshes out strategy for Indo-Pacific region

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced steps to boost engagement in the region at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington. The surgical approach counts on leveraging US private-sector strengths - as opposed to the state-driven approach of
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced steps to boost engagement in the region at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington. The surgical approach counts on leveraging US private-sector strengths - as opposed to the state-driven approach of China's Belt and Road Initiative.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It counts on private-sector strengths to compete with China's BRI

The United States on Monday sent a strong signal of more robust economic engagement in the Indo-Pacific, fleshing out a previously announced strategy for a region described by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as stretching from India's west coast to America's west coast - with Asean "literally in the middle".

The US pledged US$113 million (S$154 million) to support initiatives in the digital economy, energy and infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region, describing these as "foundational areas of the future".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 01, 2018, with the headline 'US fleshes out strategy for Indo-Pacific region'. Print Edition | Subscribe