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Jakarta Post

ASEAN hopes for closer US ties with Biden in charge

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22, 2021   /  11:11 am
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday.(Reuters/Andrew Harnik)

Southeast Asian nations have welcomed the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden with renewed hope for engagement with the country, following years of a notable absence of US leadership in the region. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office in Washington DC on Wednesday morning, local time. In his inaugural address, Biden pledged to “engage with the world once again” – a stark contrast to the “America First” rhetoric espoused by his predecessor Donald Trump. Brunei Darussalam Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof, who is serving as ASEAN’s chair this year, said foreign ministers of the bloc’s member states looked forward to working with Biden’s administration to strengthen their strategic partnership with the US for the region’s peace, security, stability and prosperity. Erywan made the statement duri...