US looks to loosen China’s grip on SE Asia

Region stands to benefit from dueling sources of economic and security assistance but could quickly become a proxy theater in any conflict scenario

Manila and Washington, August 10, 2018 5:03 PM (UTC+8)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore on August 3, 2018.
Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore on August 3, 2018. Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan
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