The US and Singapore have agreed new offers aimed toward combating cyber threats, tackling local weather change, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and enhancing provide chain points.
The announcement coincides with Vice-President Kamala Harris’ go to to Southeast Asia as a part of the US authorities’s efforts to counter Chinese language affect within the area.
The defence division and treasury have signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore, increasing data sharing and coaching to deal with cyber threats.
The 2 nations are additionally launching the US-Singapore Local weather Partnership – a brand new effort between the nations to develop new local weather requirements and collaborate on initiatives to increase clear power infrastructure and growth.
They’ve additionally agreed to work intently to trace coronavirus variants and have interaction in analysis on remedies.
The White Home introduced the offers after Ms Harris met Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
On Monday, she visited the Changi Naval Base, the place she spoke to American sailors on board the USS Tulsa fight ship.
On Tuesday, she is going to give a speech outlining the Biden administration’s imaginative and prescient for the area, and meet enterprise leaders to debate provide chain points.
Later this week, she is going to go to Vietnam, the primary time a vice-president has visited the nation.
Alexander Feldman, president and chief govt of the US-ASEAN Enterprise Council, stated Ms Harris must watch out that her conversations with Singapore’s leaders do not focus an excessive amount of on China, however to stress a constructive and productive relationship with Singapore and Vietnam.
“The place she might fall right into a entice is actually making an attempt to pit this as a US versus China journey, it must be a US journey to our associates and companions in Southeast Asia,” he stated.
He added it “makes it more durable for our associates to maneuver ahead throughout the area, not solely in Singapore and Vietnam however past that” if China is the principle point of interest.
That is the vp’s second international journey after she visited Guatemala and Mexico in June.