Skip to content

Blinken Dispatches Aides Across Asia as US, China Seek Support

  • Vice President Harris also addressing Pacific Island nations
  • Wang says he gave Blinken blueprint for US-China co-existence
Antony Blinken speaks in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali on July 9. 

Antony Blinken speaks in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali on July 9. 

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Senior US officials are spreading out across Asia following Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s brief trip to the region, in the next phase of a diplomatic charm offensive that comes after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi carried out extensive travel there in recent weeks.

With Blinken back in Washington Monday ahead of President Joe Biden’s Mideast trip later this week, some of his key aides have branched out following the top US diplomat’s visits to Thailand and Indonesia, where he urged Wang to stop pledging neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine war.