President Donald Trump’s absence from next week’s East Asia Summit in Thailand has been met with little surprise in Southeast Asia. Photo: AP

What does Donald Trump’s East Asia Summit absence mean for China’s regional influence?

  • Observers believe the president’s absence reflects his disdain for long-distance trips that do not culminate in blockbuster deals
  • Southeast Asian countries have sought to keep the US engaged as a means to counter China’s increasing strategic assertions
Topic |   Asean

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President Donald Trump’s absence from next week’s East Asia Summit in Thailand has been met with little surprise in Southeast Asia. Photo: AP
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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is seen on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Chile’s Apec gathering cancelled, throwing Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’s planned trade war accord signing into question

  • Trump announced earlier this month that he and Xi would sign ‘phase one’ of a trade war accord at Apec in November
  • But unrest in Chile has led to the cancellation of the meeting as well as December’s COP25 UN climate change conference
Topic |   US-China relations

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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is seen on Saturday. Photo: AFP
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