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By abandoning Asia's multilateral organizations, US empowers China

TPP, CPTPP, APEC, EAS, ASEAN, RCEP -- Donald Trump dislikes them all

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In a 2011 speech to the Australian parliament, President Barack Obama announced a new focus on Asia-Pacific -- what has widely become known as the pivot to Asia. At the heart of Obama's strategy for deepened U.S. involvement was a commitment to regional multilateralism.

From his decision to join the East Asia Summit in the earliest days of his administration to signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in his final months in office, Obama believed that the U.S. could best sustain its interests through strengthening regional institutions.

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