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Southeast Asia’s future tied to great power competition
For years, China has combined skillful diplomacy with economic might to build partnerships in Southeast Asia. The U.S. has been more focused on security issues, with its economic involvement there shrinking. Japan, India and Europe all hold crucial stakes as well. How the great power competition develops in the region will depend on whether U.S. engagement increases or wanes, and whether China overplays its hand.