Harris meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee

US Vice President Kamala Harris has met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They reaffirmed their cooperation on security, the economy and other areas to counter China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Harris was in Singapore on Monday on the first leg of her tour of Southeast Asia, which will also take her to Vietnam.

The White House says the two leaders discussed security and economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work together to build supply chains that do not rely on China.

They held a joint news conference after the talks.

Harris said she is in Singapore to stress and reaffirm Washington's enduring relationship to this country and in this region and to reinforce a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Lee said he values the US renewing ties with its friends and partners in the region, especially Singapore.

US President Joe Biden's administration has been sending its senior officials to the region since last month to show American commitment there.