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Can an 'America first' approach restore US leadership in Asia?

Trump embraces Indo-Pacific vision but remains fixated on 'fair' bilateral deals

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10.   © Reuters

DANANG, Vietnam U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear -- finally -- that America intends to stay involved in the Asia-Pacific region. What is far less certain is whether bilateral deals that put "America first" will be enough to curb China's attempts to extend its own influence in the region.

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