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2023 outlook: U.S. must deepen its outreach to Southeast Asia

Washington needs to catch up with China in building local skills and goodwill

| Southeast Asia
Joe Biden greets other leaders during the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh on Nov. 12: There is a need to strengthen economic and social levers.   © Reuters

Alvin Camba is assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver focused on the political economy of development and a faculty affiliate of the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden last year accelerated overtures toward members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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