Blinken begins Southeast Asia tour, with China in focus

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Jakarta (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday began a Southeast Asia tour in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where he will outline Washington’s policy on the Indo-Pacific, a key US-China battleground. Arriving from Britain after a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting dominated by tensions with Russia, Blinken will highlight what his administration says is the importance of Southeast Asia in US foreign policy. Later Monday, he will meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and on Tuesday will deliver an address on the “US approach to the Indo-Pacific”. US President Joe Biden’s strategy d… Read more about Blinken begins Southeast Asia tour, with China in focus

EU hesitates over possible Olympic boycott in China

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By Sabine Siebold and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) -France and the Netherlands are seeking to find a common European Union approach over a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in China but any decision is unlikely to be reached soon, diplomats and foreign ministers said on Monday. The bloc is torn over whether to join the United States, Canada, Australia and Britain in deciding not to send their government officials to the Beijing Winter Games in February due to concerns over China’s human rights record. “You know as well as I do that we will not find a solution regarding the Olympi… Read more about EU hesitates over possible Olympic boycott in China