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China subtext undercuts Kamala Harris' language on inclusiveness

Washington must intensify efforts to reconnect with Southeast Asia

| Southeast Asia
Vice President Kamala Harris delivers a speech in Singapore before departing for Vietnam on Aug. 24: there remains uncertainty about the nature and direction of U.S. policy.   © AP

Elina Noor is director, political-security affairs and deputy director, Washington, D.C. office, at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris' maiden trip to Southeast Asia meant to assuage the region of America's partnership could not have been set more awkwardly against the backdrop of the country's messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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