Kamala Harris Visits Singapore To Deepen Ties, Counter China's Influence

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will accommodated Singapore's leaders on Monday on the aboriginal alive day of a cruise to Southeast Asia aimed at bolstering ties as allotment of Washington's efforts to adverse China's growing influence.

Harris will accommodated Singapore's President Halimah Yacob and Prime Abbot Lee Hsien Loong and after appointment the Changi Naval Base and bout the USS Tulsa - a action abode of the U.S. Navy.

Singapore is not a U.S. accord ally, but charcoal one of its arch aegis ally in the arena with abysmal barter ties. However, it additionally seeks to antithesis its relationships with the United States and China by not demography sides.

The country is home to the better anchorage in Southeast Asia, and supports connected chargeless aeronautics in the area, area China is growing more assertive.

Harris accustomed in Singapore on Sunday at the alpha of a seven-day appointment to the region, which will additionally accommodate a cruise to Vietnam. During the visits U.S. admiral will aim to abode Washington's apropos about China's claims to acknowledged genitalia of the South China Sea.

"Singapore has encouraged greater U.S. assurance in Asia, but warned that efforts to 'contain' China's acceleration are counterproductive," according to a address appear in April by the Congressional Assay Service, which conducts assay and assay for the U.S. Congress.

"Singapore has maintained about acceptable relations with China, at atomic partly as a barrier adjoin accessible U.S. retrenchment," the address said.

In a contempo account with Reuters, Singapore's adopted abbot Vivian Balakrishnan, accustomed the role the United States and China comedy in the arena - absorption the aerial address it has succeeded at and one Harris has to navigate.

He said the United States and Singapore will altercate capacity such as the pandemic, the agenda abridgement and cybersecurity.

"Leadership in the two countries are acceptable to be accurate to abstain creating impressions that Beijing may acquisition acumen to be afraid about," said Chong Ja Ian, a political scientist at the National University of Singapore, apropos to Singapore and Vietnam, area Harris active on Tuesday evening.

Part of Harris's assignment will additionally be acceptable leaders in Singapore and Vietnam that Washington's charge to Southeast Asia is close and not a alongside to Afghanistan.

Curtis Chin, Asian adolescent at the Milken Institute and above U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, said the United States needs an "all-in axis to Asia including a business pivot, and Singapore and Vietnam can be key ally in that effort."

"Restoring assurance and aplomb in U.S. courage and blockage ability admitting charge appear first," Chin said.

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