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How Indo-Pacific countries can keep their options open

Multipolar relationships can survive rising US-China tensions

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Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping attend the Group of 20 summit event on the Digital Economy in Osaka in June 2019: Japan led the way.   © AP

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When Donald Trump recently announced a ban on U.S. companies transacting with Chinese technology giants TikTok and WeChat, it crystallized an approach toward Beijing that will persist long after the November 3 presidential elections, irrespective of who wins.

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