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PacNet #37 – Re-Engaging with Southeast Asia

July 26, 2006

ASEAN members believe that the United States no longer cares about Southeast Asia and are calling on to “re-engage.” Thus far, Washington has been too preoccupied with anti-terrorism and too distracted by Iraq to pay attention to the region. Given budget limitations, what can the do to signal its interest in the region and provide a constructive counterweight to China’s growing influence?