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Southeast Asia is Trump's to lose

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump inherits a range of solid policies toward Southeast Asia put in place by President Barack Obama since 2008. Given the fluidity of the regional political and strategic landscape, amid heightened major power competition, it would be a smart move for the incoming U.S. administration to maintain at least a strong element of Obama's approach -- especially concerning ties with the 10-member Association of the Southeast Asian Nations.

Yet, Trump's campaign rhetoric suggested that he may roll back regional engagement. The key test however will be the extent of U.S. engagement in regular regional summits with ASEAN leaders and negotiations on a variety of issues after Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration.

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