Biden hosts ASEAN leaders as he tries to show Pacific focus

  • President Joe Biden and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) arrive for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday kicked off the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit to be held in Washington as his administration makes an extended effort to demonstrate that the United States has not lost focus on the Pacific even while dealing with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.