Young leaders see challenges in US-Asean ties

Young leaders convening during the US-Asean Partnership Forum say there are growing challenges with the United States' reduced involvement in South-east Asia, which has opened the way for China to exert greater power over the 10-member regional grouping.

Among the challenges raised were weak US support for infrastructure development in the region and limited investment fund alternatives after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), four of the 25 representatives of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Programme said at a discussion yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2019, with the headline 'Young leaders see challenges in US-Asean ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe