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Trump can do more for Asean allies - Kavi Chongkittavorn

 When President Donald Trump decided to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) last November, the Asean chair, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was elated. However, roughly 56 hours after his arrival and after his participation in a series of meetings in Manila, the chair shuddered as the No.1 guest decided to leave early without attending the grouping's most exclusive leaders-only strategic forum, the 12th EAS.

 

In local culture, Mr Trump's action was considered rude and undiplomatic. Since then, the sense of realism and awkwardness related to "America First" diplomacy and Mr Trump's idiosyncrasies have quickly become part of the fabric of the Asean psyche toward the US -- expect the unexpected and the unpredictable.

 

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1401066/trump-can-do-more-for-asean-allies


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