ASEAN summit – Southeast Asian nations wary of US-China trade row

The US-China trade dispute is high on the ASEAN summit agenda. The bloc’s leaders are set to sign an economic partnership deal at their annual meeting in Bangkok, but not all countries want Beijing’s economic hegemony.

Southeast Asian leaders opened a 2-day summit in Bangkok on Saturday, with the US-China trade conflict taking center stage.

There has been less US engagement with the region since President Donald Trump came to power in 2016. Trump also pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying it was harmful for the US jobs market.

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