Addressing the media on the second anniversary of the introduction of the Biden administration’s significant foreign policy strategy, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, Adrienne Watson said, “the United States is now more robustly positioned than ever in the Indo-Pacific.”
“Over the past two years, we have made historic progress in advancing an Indo-Pacific that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, the United States has never been in a stronger position in the Indo-Pacific,” she said.
In the past two years since the initiation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the United States has reinvigorated and strengthened its alliances and partnerships, elevating them to unprecedented levels, stated Watson.
“We have deepened and elevated alliances with Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand. We upgraded our bilateral relationships with Vietnam and Indonesia, and our partnership with ASEAN. We have expanded our partnership with India in unprecedented ways. We have surged our efforts in the Pacific, including with two historic summits for Pacific Island leaders at the White House and the establishment of the Partners of the Blue Pacific,” she said.
President Biden hosted the historic US-Japan-South Korea trilateral summit at Camp David, aiming to usher in a new era for this important partnership, she stated.
Under his guidance, the United States has advanced the Quad, involving Australia, India, and Japan, to a summit at the leader level, achieving tangible outcomes for the Indo-Pacific region. These outcomes range from providing vaccines and enhancing maritime domain awareness to offering scholarships for students, she said.
“And three of the four Official State Visits President Biden has hosted were with leaders of Indo-Pacific countries: the Republic of Korea, India, and Australia. This year, the President will welcome Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan. We have also undertaken historic cooperation between the United States, Japan, and the Philippines,” Watson said.
“We have also built closer ties between Europe and the Indo-Pacific, including through the launch of AUKUS, a historic partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” she added.