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Trump promotes a 'pivot in Asia'

The US president is signalling a policy that favors interests over values

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ASEAN leaders discussed how to deal with China and U.S. President Donald Trump during a summit in Manila on April 29.

It was bound to happen. With one brief trans-Pacific phone call to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, U.S. President Donald Trump replaced the playbook that has governed U.S.-Thai

relations over the past decade with one that is likely to reorient America's geostrategic aims in Asia during the course of his administration. While his predecessor President Barack Obama was noted for rebalancing U.S. resources and interests from the Atlantic to the Pacific, known as the "pivot to Asia," Trump's geostrategic turn may be dubbed a "pivot in Asia."

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