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International relations

ASEAN seeks to steer middle path between US and China

Southeast Asian leaders come up with their own Indo-Pacific strategy

BANGKOK -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed on a self-developed vision called the "ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific" as the bloc navigates the elevated tensions between the United States and China.

"The summit agreed with Thailand's initiative to reinforce ASEAN's leading role in the conduct of relations with external partners in the region," said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand, which is chairing ASEAN this year. "ASEAN now has a common approach on the issue."

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