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Missing: A mental 'pivot' to East Asia

To move in that direction, US must go beyond well-intentioned plans and "historic" summits

Mr Obama at a news conference after the Asean summit. The meeting pointed to certain dilemmas the US faces as it tries to boost ties with some Asean nations that resist pressure to liberalise their political system and improve their human rights conduct.


IF YOU have watched US President Barack Obama's press conference telecast live from Ranch Mirage in California last Tuesday after what was billed as a "historic summit" with Asean leaders, you may have been left with the impression that the acronym "ASEAN" stands for the

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