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Trump has blown US credibility in Southeast Asia: Poll

An overwhelming majority expects China to fill the strategic vacuum

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, greet each other at the Mar-a-Lago resort after a meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, in the U.S.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's policy, or lack thereof, on Southeast Asia has gutted American credibility, a survey by an influential think tank has found.

More than half of respondents in Southeast Asia say the U.S. has become less dependable as an ally and has lost strategic ground to China under Trump, according to a survey conducted by the Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. The poll quizzed 318 people from government, academia, business and civil society in the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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