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International relations

Trump engages Asia, but gives unclear message: former US officials

As America steps back on TPP, Asian countries find their own voice

Asian leaders viewed the attendance of U.S. President Donald Trump, back center, at the APEC Summit in November as important to American engagement in the region.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's strategy toward Asia remains murky a full year into his term, hindered by a dearth of diplomats to carry out policy, but the American leader has shown a willingness to engage with the region, former U.S. officials said Tuesday at an Asia Society event here.

Reviewing the impact of Trump's first year in office were Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. acting deputy trade representative, and Daniel Russel, who previously served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

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