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Biden's Asia policy

Myanmar poses early test for Biden's 'diplomacy with allies'

Naypyitaw junta looks to pivot to China as Indo-Pacific rivalry intensifies

NEW YORK/BANGKOK -- The military seizure of power in Myanmar halts the country's progress toward democracy and presents an initial diplomatic challenge to U.S. President Joe Biden, who has pledged to rally the world to meet its common challenges.

The takeover reverses one of the few concrete results of the American rebalance away from the Middle East and toward Asia under former President Barack Obama's administration, where Biden served as vice president.

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