US President Donald Trump fumbles during the traditional “Asean handshake” with leaders including (from left) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in Manila on November 13. Photo: Reuters

Trump’s Asia tour reinforced America’s declining influence, but China still has reason to worry

Philip Bowring says Donald Trump’s chequered trip may well have epitomised his disastrous presidency in terms of US influence in East Asia, amid China’s rising might, but it is still too soon to decisively call the two powers’ battle for regional supremacy

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US President Donald Trump fumbles during the traditional “Asean handshake” with leaders including (from left) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in Manila on November 13. Photo: Reuters
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