Six ways US can deepen regional economic ties with South-east Asia

As Washington gets set to present its economic approach for the Indo-Pacific, South-east Asia will be a critical part of getting it right

A passenger arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok last month. Washington should work with South-east Asian states to shape the regional and international agenda on key economic items. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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The Biden administration is expected to roll out its Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in the coming weeks, following the recent release of its full Indo-Pacific strategy. As it does so, there are several approaches Washington can undertake to deepen its economic commitment to South-east Asia.

The challenges for the United States in such a commitment are rooted in several structural factors that transcend a single administration.

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