High stakes for Asean

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The Bangkok Post

The declaration after the summit of the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the United States that they will commit to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” poses a new challenge to the regional bloc. In a joint “vision statement” after a two-day summit in Washington, the two sides declared they will elevate their relationship to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” later this year. During the summit marking the 45th anniversary of the relationship this year, US President Joe Biden pledged to spend $150 million of investment funds in Asean for infrastructure,…

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