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. https://www.cfr.org/blog/trump-administration-can-make-free-and-open-indo-pacific-idea-work-southeast-asia-vietnam
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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN MAKE THE FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC IDEA WORK IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH VIETNAM AS A MODEL
For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a rules-based security and economic order in Asia, while also encouraging closer cooperation among regional U.S. partners. But the concept has been questioned by even close U.S. partners like Singapore, which has not yet expressed clear support for the idea. Many Southeast Asian states fear to look like they are building a coalition against China. But others simply appear unready to sign up for an idea at a time when the White House has sent multiple worrying signals to Southeast Asia. The White House’s trade strategy, for instance, has at times targeted Southeast Asian states. JOSHUA KURLANTZICK READ MORE