Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA

India’s wobbling over Asean trade pact set to dominate Thailand summit as Trump’s America dials down its delegation

  • Eyes are on India as officials send mixed signals at the last minute on commitment to deal with 10-member bloc of Southeast Asian countries
  • Washington meanwhile is being represented by the lowest ranking officials to take part since the US became a formal member of the forum in 2011
Topic |   Asean

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Thai policemen outside the venue for the 35th Asean Summit in Nonthaburi province. Photo: EPA
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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

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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