December 1, 2022

Biden attends East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. attends the annual East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo courtesy: White House
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. attends the annual East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo courtesy: White House

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Sunday attended the annual East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and “reaffirmed the enduring U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific, with ASEAN at its center.” 

“The President reviewed efforts to deliver on his vision for an Indo-Pacific region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, resilient, and secure. President Biden underscored his commitment to working with allies and partners to strengthen health systems, promote food security, address climate change, and accelerate the clean energy transition,” the White House said in a readout. “He reviewed progress in developing an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework that provides concrete benefits to all of its fourteen members and drives enduring and broad-based economic growth throughout the Indo-Pacific. He also highlighted progress in implementing the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness, through which the United States, Australia, Japan, and India are helping ASEAN nations and other Indo-Pacific partners to undertake marine conservation, counter illegal fishing, and respond to humanitarian disasters.”

It added, “President Biden also addressed pressing regional and global challenges. He underscored that freedom of navigation and overflight must be respected in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and that all disputes must be resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law. He reaffirmed U.S. support for the 2016 UN arbitral tribunal ruling and noted this ruling is final and legally binding. President Biden also raised concerns regarding the threats posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and he condemned Russia’s brutal and unjust war against Ukraine in the strongest terms. He raised concern regarding the deteriorating crisis in Burma, and highlighted the importance of taking further action to increase pressure on the Burmese military regime to implement the Five Point Consensus, release political prisoners, and provide for a return to the path of democracy.

“President Biden also commented on U.S.-PRC relations, underscoring that the United States will compete vigorously with the PRC and speak out regarding the PRC’s human rights abuses, while keeping lines of communication open and ensuring competition does not veer into conflict. He reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

The East Asia Leaders Summit participants included

Members of the East Asia Summit
H.E. Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia & 2022 Chair of ASEAN
H.E. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei
H.E. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia
H.E. Phankham Viphavanh, Prime Minister of Laos
T.H. Azhar Harun, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy of Malaysia
H.E. Ferndinand Marcos Jr., President of the Philippines
H.E. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
H.E. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
H.E. Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of Vietnam
T.H. Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN
H.E. Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia
T.H. Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China
T.H. Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice President of India
H.E. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan
H.E. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
H.E. Yoon Suk-yeol, President of the Republic of Korea
T.H. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia

International Organizations

H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council
T.H. Zhang Ming, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

U.S. Delegation
T.H. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State
T.H. Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs 
T.H. Yohannes Abraham, Ambassador of the United States to ASEAN
T.H. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, National Security Council
T.H. Dan Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
T.H. Edgard Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania, National Security Council

Speakers included Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and 2022 Chair of ASEAN, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Zhang Ming, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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