Kamala Harris lands in Singapore for Asia tour that will include a stop in Vietnam

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Vice President Kamala Harris landed in Singapore on Sunday as she begins a visit to Southeast Asia that will also include a stopover in Vietnam.

Photos released by Reuters on Sunday showed Harris being greeted by Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s foreign minister.

Harris departed Washington on Friday evening, boarding Air Force Two at Joint Base Andrews in Md. Before departing for refueling stops in Alaska and Japan before arriving in Singapore.

The Vice President is expected to use the trip to communicate the United States’ perspective on China’s growing power and influence in the region, including the Communist regime’s efforts to take control of the China Sea. southern.

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Harris’ plans for the Sunday after the long trip were not immediately clear. On Monday, she is expected to speak by phone with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and participate in a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, according to the Associated Press.

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Singapore on August 22, 2021 (Reuters)
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US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Singapore on August 22, 2021 (Reuters)

Harris and the prime minister are expected to answer reporters’ questions at a joint press conference, the AP reported.

She is also due to deliver a speech aboard a US combat ship in Singapore, according to the report.

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The vice president will deliver another speech Tuesday in Singapore, this one focusing on US plans for engagement in Southeast Asia. She will also discuss supply chain issues in a meeting with regional business leaders, the AP reported.

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan greets US Vice President Kamala Harris upon her arrival in Singapore on August 22, 2021 (Reuters)

Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan greets US Vice President Kamala Harris upon her arrival in Singapore on August 22, 2021 (Reuters)

Later Tuesday, Harris will travel to Vietnam. The timing of the trip was awkward for the Biden administration, as the Afghan crisis drew many comparisons to the problematic US withdrawal from Saigon in 1975.

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The trip to Asia is Harris’ second overseas trip as vice president, after visiting Guatemala and Mexico in June.

Next Friday, Harris is due to campaign in California for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall effort later this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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