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Asia-Pacific's smaller states can be active players in great-power rivalry

US-China tensions are raising anxiety but Trump and Xi do not hold all the cards

| Singapore

It has become commonplace for Asia-Pacific leaders to voice anxiety as the U.S. and China spiral toward open-ended economic and strategic confrontation.

Regional fears of collateral damage from great power competition may be well founded, but the publicly-expressed concerns do not fully capture a complex push-pull interplay among the U.S., China and smaller states.

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