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Biden joins U.S.-ASEAN summit Trump skipped after 2017

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By Trevor Hunnicutt, David Brunnstrom and Ain Bandial WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden joined Southeast Asian leaders for a virtual summit on Tuesday, the first time in four years that Washington has engaged at the top level with a bloc seen as key to countering an increasingly assertive China. The United States had not met with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the presidential level since Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, attended an ASEAN-U.S. meeting in Manila in 2017. During that time, U.S. relations with China deteriorated to their worst lev…

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