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Summit a good opening move as US steps up its game in South-east Asia

US Vice-President Kamala Harris speaks during an event with Asean leaders in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - It is a slightly ageing adage, but nevertheless still true: that 90 per cent of success in life is just showing up. And the United States and eight out of 10 Asean leaders did just that last week, for the first ever in-person US-Asean summit at the White House.

On the face of it, deliverables from the summit may have been underwhelming.

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