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A US-led Indo-Pacific alliance against China is an outdated idea

Asia should avoid being divided by Sino-American rivalry

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Making Asia secure? The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan steams the Philippine Sea in 2017.    © Reuters

The scheduled visit by the U.S. secretaries of defense and state to India on Sept. 6 highlights Washington's latest attempt to create a strategic Asian alliance strong enough to counter the growing influence of China.

But is the unformulated plan for a "free and open Indo-Pacific" -- promoted by officials from President Donald Trump down -- a realistic way to woo regional support?

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