Southeast Asian nations have officially launched a huge economic bloc, called the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), as part of their efforts to deepen trade and investment links across the region.
Ten Southeast Asian leaders were guests of honor at India's 69th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, underscoring the region's importance for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy agenda.
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
US President Trump has said he has a "great relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as the two met at a regional summit in Manila. The meeting got off to a rocky start with a group handshake gone awry.
US President Donald Trump had suggested he would skip a meeting of 10 southeast Asian countries that include key US allies. The White House now says he will attend after all.
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