US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images

US defence chief to visit security partners Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam to show commitment to Southeast Asia

  • Lloyd Austin’s trip comes as the Biden administration looks to reinforce Washington’s presence in the region amid a tussle for influence with China
  • While this is seen as being a tough sell, there may be progress with the Duterte administration and an ‘improved’ Visiting Forces Agreement

Topic |   US-Asean relations
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin makes his first visit to Southeast Asia this week. Photo: Getty Images
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