Manila, Philippines • A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker told American and Filipino business groups that the United States has overinvested its diplomatic, economic and strategic resources in other parts of the world. She said it was committed to policies "to correct the imbalance and to deepen U.S. engagement" with Asia.
Pritzker's swing through Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar is mainly focused on the economic elements of President Barack Obama's policy of refocusing U.S. foreign policy on Asia. At the same time, Obama has been in Europe reassuring U.S. allies about its security commitments to the region after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula raised tensions.