US, China vying to boost economic ties with ASEAN

The United States and China have separately called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

ASEAN economy ministers held a series of talks with officials from various countries in Siem Reap, Cambodia, through Sunday.

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the US is committed to ensuring that its cooperation with ASEAN helps shift the economies to a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

In an online meeting on Saturday, China's representative told ASEAN economy ministers that the country's trade and economic ties with the bloc's member states are stronger than ever before. The representative called for increased cooperation.

The US is making moves to boost economic relations with Southeast Asian nations to counter China. They include leading talks on a new economic cooperation framework for the Indo-Pacific.