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Opinion

Southeast Asia needs Biden and Xi to work together on climate

U.S. and China each have been assisting region but without coordination

| Southeast Asia
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping have a unique opportunity to respond to Southeast Asia's hopes and concerns.   © AP

Jonathan Stromseth is a senior fellow and holder of the Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Southeast Asia has become a hotbed, if not the epicenter, of U.S.-China rivalry. Washington and Beijing compete fiercely for partners in the region even as area states insist that they do not want to be forced to choose between the two great powers.

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