Mike Pompeo building bulwark against China as he calls for the release of Reuters jornalists held in Myanmar

Mike Pompeo has pledged that the United States will provide nearly $300m in new security funding for south-east Asia, as China forges ahead with plans to bolster its engagement in the region.

The US secretary of state unveiled the figure to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other officials from around the world in Singapore.

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