With China in focus, Biden plans $150 million commitment to ASEAN leaders

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By Trevor Hunnicutt, Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will open a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders with a promise to spend $150 million on their infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other efforts aimed at countering the influence of rival China. On Thursday, Biden starts a two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington with a dinner for the leaders at the White House before talks at the State Department on Friday. His administration hopes the efforts will show the countries th…

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