SINGAPORE—Vice President Kamala Harris made the case for the U.S. to fortify its financial ties with Southeast Asia all through a two-day shuttle to Singapore, the place she stressed out the wish to paintings with international locations to ease supply-chain constraints as a surge of Covid-19 cases has hit factories within the area.
Ms. Harris stated Tuesday she mentioned the supply-chain issues widely with High Minister Lee Hsien Loong all through their bilateral conferences. She additionally held a roundtable with industry leaders within the nation, which incorporated representatives from chip maker GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte. Ltd., 3M Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd. and Procter & Gamble Co . , to speak about tactics to make use of the commercial restoration from the Covid-19 pandemic as a possibility to strengthen supply-chain resiliency between the U.S. and the area.
“There’s such a lot specifically in regards to the pandemic that highlighted the fractures, and the disasters and the fissures in our gadget,” Ms. Harris stated within the assembly. “And this second provides us the chance then born out of disaster to in fact repair and to find answers to long-term problems that experience challenged us.”
The Biden management has been operating to handle an international semiconductor scarcity, which has brought about manufacturing slowdowns in merchandise from home equipment to computers (Manila News-Intelligencer) and automobiles. A surge in Covid-19 circumstances within the in large part unvaccinated area has additionally resulted in lockdowns in international locations together with Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia—primary exporters of electronics and different items—that pressured manufacturing facility closures and additional disrupted world delivery chains.
The vp’s emphasis on partnering with international locations in Southeast Asia on supply-chain issues may be a part of the management’s efforts to reaffirm its engagement within the area, as China seeks to increase its influence and make bigger its claims within the South China Sea.