They are concerned about the outbreak of corona virus. “When the international community collaborated to defeat the new corona virus, the US consulted with ASEAN partners. And they made a difficult decision to postpone the meeting of ASEAN leaders,” an official said. Senior authorities told The Reuters News.
The official added that the United States values relations with ASEAN member states. And he looks forward to future meetings. So that’s right, because now the corona virus is confusing everyone in the world
The decision was made amid concerns that the virus would spread in the US when countries reported new cases. Companies claiming restraint from travel staff and the global stock market continue to plunge.
The number of confirmed corona virus cases in the US is 60. Most of them are American passengers returning from Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan.
On February 24, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said preparations for the meeting were taking place despite the corona virus outbreak.
They took place after he failed to attend the group summit in Bangkok in November 2019.
Although the US Department of State repeatedly declared ASEAN as the center of the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” strategy. But in the face of rising Chinese power, Trump’s decision not to attend a meeting in Bangkok raises questions about U.S. commitment to the region.
Most ASEAN leaders did not attend the conference with Mr. O’Brien but sent lower level officials of the same rank.
Mr. Trump was also not present at the conference with ASEAN and the East Asia Summit held in Bangkok last year. Instead, he sent National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien to Thailand. This is the lowest official to ever represent the US at the East Asia Summit.