Vice President Addresses Southeast Asian Nations
No room for “empire and aggression” in Indo-Pacific
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] at their summit in Singapore on Thursday.
“Like you,” the vice president said, “we seek an Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, can prosper and thrive, secure in our sovereignty, confident in our values, and growing stronger together. We all agree that empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific.”
He said Washington had taken action to promote this vision, including steps to spur private investment in infrastructure and a pursuit of trade that is “free, fair, and reciprocal.”
Vice President Pence also highlighted the United States’ “pressure campaign” on North Korea, its “commitment to uphold the freedom of the seas and skies,” and determination to ensure that Southeast Asian nations are secure in their sovereign borders, on land, and at sea, and in the digital world.
- For President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other members of the Administration as they work on the assurances given to the Southeast Asian nations.
- About the tensions between the U.S. and China over the Chinese military build-up in the South China Sea.