America’s Secretary of State Hllary Clinton will attend a Southeast-Asia based security summit in Phuket, Thailand Wednesday. Diplomats say the US is signalling a revived interest in the regions major exporters, Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, and 570 million people.
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice skipped the annual Asean Regional Forum, as it’s known, two times in three years during the second term of President George W. Bush, partly because of other pressing matters. But now, one senior administration officials said, the U.S. is “trying to step up its game” in Southeast Asia, a resource-rich part of the world where China is also trying to assert its diplomatic and commercial power. via WSJ