2021-08-23 by Daisy I.
United States Vice President Harris lands in Singapore amidst Afghanistan turmoil
United States Vice President Kamala Harris shown up in Singapore on Sunday as part of a journey that will take her to previous United States foe Vietnam however is most likely to be eclipsed by increasing stress throughout the area and turmoil at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.
After landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Harris stated “South-East Asia and the Indo-Pacific are critically important to the security and prosperity of the United States.”
Harris, who made no reference of Afghanistan, was welcomed by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishan, who stated the United States “has always been a constructive partner and a key pillar for peace and prosperity in South-East Asia.”
Harris’ see was set up prior to the fall of the Afghan capital to the Taliban recently in scenes that, to some, have actually stimulated the United States’ flight from Saigon in 1975 and beat in the Vietnam War.
On Monday, Harris will satisfy Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who has actually stressed aloud about issues presented for smaller sized Asian nations by the growing United States-China competition.
Singapore and China on Friday promised “deepening investment linkages and economic collaboration,” according to the city-state’s Trade Ministry.
Lee and Harris will hold an interview prior to the vice president checks out a United States battle ship at Singapore’s primary marine base.
On Tuesday, Harris will offer a speech on United States diplomacy prior to leaving for Vietnam.
The United States Embassy in Singapore stated Harris will “engage on issues of mutual interest including regional security, the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and our joint efforts to promote a rules-based international order.”