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Asia Society Task Force Urges U.S. to Focus More Attention on Southeast Asia to Compete With China

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 14, 2023. Dita Alangkara / POOL / AFP

A joint task force organized by the Asia Society, a New York-based research institution, published a new report with a number of pointed recommendations for U.S. policymakers to improve their engagement in Southeast Asia and become competitive with China in the region.

The task force was comprised of two groups that included partners from various Southeast Asian countries along with a working group of prominent U.S. scholars and former diplomats.

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