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Biden revives U.S. focus on ASEAN, but can it last?

Diplomatic success may depend on outcome of U.S. midterm elections

Left, U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a U.S.-ASEAN summit in Washington on May 13. Summit participants pose at the White House on May 12. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images) 

TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden met with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, India and Australia during his short visit to Asia last month. The latest round of face-to-face meetings was aimed at rebuilding the U.S.-led order in Asia to counter Chinese and Russian attempts to dominate the region.

As a prologue to this diplomatic push, Biden held a summit with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Washington on May 12 and 13, the second such meeting held in the U.S. The first U.S.-ASEAN summit was hosted six years ago by the previous Democratic president, Barack Obama.

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