Can the US ever match China’s concrete economic offers to Asean?

When Chinese President Xi Jinping met Southeast Asian leaders at a virtual summit on Monday, he cited a Chinese proverb to suggest that China was, is, and will always be a good neighbour, friend and partner to the region.“Distance tests a horse’s strength, and time reveals a person’s integrity”, Xi said, before launching into the various forms of assistance that Beijing would provide to help Southeast Asia tackle and recover from the pandemic, such as contributing to a pandemic fund and…


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