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With China or without?

ASEAN leaders wary about Indo-Pacific cooperation plans

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China's aircraft carrier Liaoning at sea. ASEAN leaders grapple with managing Beijing's influence in the Indo-Pacific.   © Reuters

When Southeast Asian leaders gathered for a recent summit with Australia in Sydney, many of their diplomats had a question for their hosts in private. What, precisely, is the meaning of the concept of the Indo-Pacific?

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