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Jakarta Post

US demonstrates commitment to ASEAN, despite no envoy

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 17 2018   /  01:38 am

The United States is planning two new undertakings after concluding a five-year partnership project with ASEAN, signaling that it remains committed to relations with the bloc despite its lack of a permanent representative to the regional body.

Piper AW Campbell, chargé d’affaires of the US Mission to ASEAN, announced on Monday after the conclusion of a project called PROGRESS, that the US would launch two new ones: the first, PROSPECT, focusing on sociocultural and political security communities and the second, IGNITE, focusing on supporting the economic community. Each is to last for another five years.

Started in 2013, PROGRESS focused on strengthening ASEAN institutions to advance the bloc’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.

“The US is dedicating significant diplomatic military and foreign assistance resources to the region to f...