Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Named
The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden has nominated the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, to become assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Kritenbrink, a veteran diplomat, is considered an Asia expert with considerable knowledge on Chinese affairs. He supervises US diplomacy with Indonesia.
Jokowi Calls for ASEAN Summit on Myanmar
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Friday called for a special ASEAN summit to discuss the Myanmar situation, as harsh crackdowns on anti-coup protesters continue in the member country. In a statement, the president said he will propose to Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah that a leaders’ meeting be held immediately. Brunei currently serves as chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Expressing concern over security forces’ deadly use of force against protesters, the president called for a stop to the violence so there will be “no more casualties.” He also urged all sides in Myanmar to hold talks and seek reconciliation to restore democracy and stability in the country.