Harris heads to Southeast Asia in search of a foreign policy win amid

Harris heads to Southeast Asia in search of a foreign policy win amid

vice president kamala harris faces a steep challenge next week when she travels to singapore and vietnam as a once low-risk trip to friendly nations comes at the same time as a bungled u.s withdrawal from afghanistan harris will have dual responsibilities largely unfamiliar to her in the seven months she’s been in office deliver a foreign policy win for an administration in crisis and embody biden’s call to pivot u.s foreign policy focus to counter a rising china allies and experts say harris will now face enhanced pressure to convey to the southeast asian nations that the us is sincere in its long-term commitment to the region as well as convincing them of u.s competence she takes everything very seriously a source close to harris told cnn so at this moment with what is happening in afghanistan i think she’ll even be doubly prepared because she knows what’s at stake people are going to look at this international trip as a lot more than just singapore and vietnam now it’s is america going to reassert itself it’s going to be a real sticking point for her to exude that america is here and we’re committed to the things that we say we’re committed to the source added after departing washington on friday harris will land in singapore on sunday before traveling to vietnam later in the week on monday in singapore she will meet with u.s sailors aboard the uss tulsa in a visit to chaney naval base becoming the highest ranking official to address troops in person as the crisis in afghanistan plays out an official said the vice president will also visit troops after her time abroad delivering remarks to service members stationed at joint base pearl harbor hickam in honolulu hawaii white house officials say harris’s overarching mission is to shore up relationships with regional partners she will focus on regional security issues amid concerns over china’s territorial claims in the south china sea economic priorities including supply chain issues like global chip production climate change and the covid 19 pandemic to prepare for her trip harris held separate phone calls with secretary of state anthony blinken and secretary of defense lloyd austin who both traveled recently to the region according to a senior white house official and she spoke with former secretaries of state hillary clinton and madeleine albright the official told cnn exclusively officials say harris will remain engaged on the issue of afghanistan on her trip to singapore and vietnam as she seeks to show the u.s commitment to the indo-pacific region there was no discussion about postponing the trip officials said after the fall of kabul given our global leadership role we have interests and strategic imperatives all across the world and this trip is an important part of that which is why the vice president is still going simone sanders harris’s chief spokesperson and senior advisor told cnn
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Harris heads to Southeast Asia in search of a foreign policy win amid

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