Blinken told reporters the Chinese response was excessive and that US aircraft carriers will remain on standby.
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“In short, the role of the US continues to support the status quo in Taiwan Strait and advance our shared goals throughout the Indo-Pacific. That is what the region expects of us — to be steady and responsible,” he said.
The communiqué underlined a need to strengthen health care and promote growth in economies that have been crushed by Covid-19. That includes bolstering supply chains, jobs for women, and promoting carbon neutrality to counter climate change.
All eyes are now on the ASEAN summit here in November when leaders are expected to announce what action will be taken against Myanmar and endorse recommendations made by the foreign ministers in the 29-page communiqué.
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