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US-Asean summit more a pledge of commitment than substantive action

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There was a wide range of agendas at play at last week's special summit in Washington, DC, between United States and Asean leaders, but it was fundamentally a pledge of US commitment to South-east Asia.

It gave a teaser of Washington's initiatives rather than clear answers to some of the region's biggest questions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2022, with the headline US-Asean summit more a pledge of commitment than substantive action. Subscribe