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(November 15, 2019) Trump gamesmanship risks Asean ties

Apart from India's withdrawal from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the other memorable outcome of the recent Asean Summit and 14th East Asia Summit was the second consecutive absence of US President Donald Trump.

Instead of bringing himself to Bangkok, as when he travelled to the Philippines for the 12th EAS in 2017, Mr Trump has turned the tables by inviting all 10 Asean leaders to meet him in the United States early next year. Mr Trump's gamesmanship is likely to soon become brinkmanship as Asean leaders grapple with the dilemma of going or not going to America. Either way, Mr Trump has unnecessarily raised the stakes and incurred geostrategic risks for both the US and Asean. If Asean-US relations sour in the near term, China will be a major beneficiary, putting Asean at a disadvantage.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1794324/trump-gamesmanship-risks-asean-ties


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