US President Donald Trump during a 2017 visit to Hanoi. Photo: AFP
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand: the new frontiers in US-China battle for influence

  • US Defence Secretary Mark Esper’s recent trip to Southeast Asia saw him try to reassure existing allies and roll back the growth of Beijing’s clout
  • But as the region proves a vital foothold for Washington, it must realise its partners are now sovereign actors with full agency and varied interests

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US President Donald Trump during a 2017 visit to Hanoi. Photo: AFP
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