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President Trump to miss ASEAN meetings, dispatch national security advisor

Nikkei reported online that according to a White House statement released on Tuesday, National Security Advisor O’Brien and Commerce Secretary Ross will take part in ASEAN-related meetings on behalf of President Trump. NSA O’Brien is expected to attend the meetings in Bangkok in early November as the President’s special envoy. The daily speculated that the absence of the U.S. leader may raise doubts among regional powers about U.S. engagement with East Asia.   


NHK ran a similar story, adding that since the president, the vice president, or the secretary of state have represented the United States at ASEAN conferences in the past, the absence of these officials this year may give the impression that Washington is indifferent to Asia.  

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