Inadvertently thanking Colombia for holding the ASEAN summit in Cambodia is Biden. President Biden has now referred to Cambodia, which is hosting the ASEAN summit, twice as Colombia, most recently on Saturday when he spoke to open the negotiations.
As he began the discussions, Biden said, “It was an honor to host at the White House in May, and now that we are back together in Cambodia.” “We can make even more progress than we have already, and that excites me. For Colombia’s leadership as ASEAN chair, I want to thank the prime minister.”
This misstep was similar to one he made earlier, just before leaving for the meeting when he incorrectly told the press that he was “heading over to Colombia.”
The People’s Republic of China was not specifically mentioned in his remarks, but he emphasized the need for “cooperation” and adherence to international law.
The president said, “Together we will tackle the most pressing issues of our time, from climate to health security to defend against serious challenges to the rules-based order and challenges to the rule of law.” “We’ll create a free and prosperous, resilient, secure, and open Indo-Pacific.”