Blinken touts deeper U.S. engagement amid concern over ‘aggressive’ China

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By Humeyra Pamuk JAKARTA (Reuters) – Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday touted a U.S. strategy to deepen its Asian treaty alliances, offering to boost defence and intelligence work with partners in an Indo-Pacific region increasingly concerned over China’s “aggressive actions”. During a visit to Indonesia, Blinken described the Indo-Pacific as the world’s most dynamic region and said everyone had a stake in ensuring a status quo that was without coercion and intimidation, in a barely veiled reference to China. He said United States, its allies and some South China Sea claimants would…

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