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Ankit Panda
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Why Trump’s no-show at East Asia Summit is a massive own goal

Trump’s absence from an Asean gathering during his trip to Asia will only reinforce the narrative of a United States adrift in the region, writes Ankit Panda

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US President Donald Trump pictured last month at a meeting in the White House. Photo: Bloomberg
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.