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7 of 10 ASEAN members favor China over US: survey

73% feel the region is becoming a staging ground for a major power struggle

The vast majority of ASEAN pundits polled say the region is becoming the focus of a major power struggle between the U.S. and China.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- As the rivalry between the U.S. and China continues to heat up, Southeast Asians are split between the two superpowers, according to a Singaporean think tank, posing a challenge for a region that has sought unity to speed economic growth.

Southeast Asia is not just a roaring economic powerhouse. Its location linking the Pacific and the Indian oceans makes it a strategically vital region for the two rivals.

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