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Lack of an economic strategy is hurting US in Southeast Asia

Lloyd Austin's recent tour of region was a success, but tensions remain

| Southeast Asia
Rodrigo Duterte greets Lloyd Austin with a friendly fist bump at the Malacanang Palace on July 29: Austin's biggest achievement was convincing Duterte to fully restore the Visiting Forces Agreement.   © Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division/Reuters

Lynn Kuok is Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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