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Biden's digital trade idea reveals emerging US strategy for Asia

Reasserting economic leadership will require skillful new statecraft

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Kurt Campbell, pictured in January 2013: the need for a new economic agenda is well understood by Campbell, U.S. National Security Council Indo-Pacific coordinator.   © AP

James Crabtree is executive director of IISS-Asia in Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

As it seeks to compete with China, can the United States reclaim its once-dominant position as Asia's trade architect? Having pulled out of one major regional deal and shown scant inclination to lead the creation of others, the answer until recently appeared to be a clear "no."

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