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Asean leaders gather as geopolitical waters turn choppy

Group must adopt united voice on Indo-Pacific to weather US-China trade storm, say experts

Asean leaders gather in Bangkok this weekend for their twice-yearly summit.

Normally, the first meeting of each year is a low-key affair compared with the second, which includes dialogues with leaders from the United States, China, Japan and other regional powers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2019, with the headline 'Asean leaders gather as geopolitical waters turn choppy'. Print Edition | Subscribe