The United States has postponed a regional ASEAN summit to be held in Las Vegas next month due to fears of the corona virus, a senior government official said on Friday.
"As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders' meeting," the official said on the condition not named become.
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be received by President Donald Trump on March 14.
The official said the United States "appreciates our relations with the nations of this critical region and is looking forward to future meetings."
The announcement came when health officials in California confirmed that the second case in the United States was reported to a person who has not traveled overseas or has come into contact with someone who is known to be ill.
Trump has downplayed fears of a major outbreak in the United States, even if infections bounce off around the world.
According to the World Health Organization, there are currently more daily cases registered outside of China than within the country where the virus first appeared in December.
In China, more than 2,700 people have died and 78,000 have been infected. In dozens of other countries, there were more than 50 deaths and 3,600 deaths, which raised fear of a pandemic.
Trump had skipped an ASEAN summit and a parallel East Asia summit in Bangkok last year.
Instead, he sent his national security advisor Robert O & # 39; Brien to the lowest participation the United States had ever had at the East Asia Summit.
The move came after years of effort by the United States to show that the United States is committed to Asia in the face of an emerging China.
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