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Bhavan Jaipragas
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Quick Take by Bhavan Jaipragas

China casts long shadow as Donald Trump seeks to strengthen ties with Vietnam and Philippines

US president’s decision to skip his inaugural East Asia Summit will invite the question of whether a hands-off policy towards the region risks creating a vacuum for China to fill

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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.