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International relations

ASEAN leaders mostly skip US talks after Trump no-show

In a letter, absent American president proposes hosting special summit next year

BANGKOK -- Just three Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders attended a summit between their bloc and the U.S. on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump was a no-show for a second straight year, sending his national security adviser instead.

Of the 10 ASEAN countries, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith were the only leaders present at the meeting with Robert O'Brien.

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