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Trump's Asian summit snub will backfire

US President's pullout helps Xi promote China's growing role

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Saying good bye to Asia? U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One.   © Reuters

World leaders seek to divine the direction of U.S. policy often by listening to a president's words, or by watching his actions. In Donald Trump's case, the trick is to follow Air Force One.

Asia just got word that Trump is pulling out of two highly anticipated regional summits in November: the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Together, these absences will stoke concern about Washington's disregard for Asia and will strengthen China's position as regional power broker.

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