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International relations

Big power rivalries overshadow ASEAN gathering

Trump's new China tariffs and Japan-South Korea trade spat worry region

Foreign ministers attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Bangkok on Aug. 2.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new tariffs on billions of Chinese goods took center stage at a regional security conference here on Friday as Southeast Asian nations confronted the risk of spillover effects on the region's emerging markets.

Japan and South Korea's trade feud also loomed large at the meetings, heightening concerns over commercial tensions within Asia itself.

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