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China looms ever larger over ASEAN as US steps back

Realities of Trump era confront 50-year-old bloc

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Greater solidarity is needed if ASEAN is to fulfill its potential.   © Reuters

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which turns 50 on Tuesday, has seen its fair share of geopolitical changes, but the uncertainties of U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump make Chinese influence over the region more pervasive.

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