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Local press express concern about President Trump’s absence from East Asia Summit

Yomiuri, Asahi, and Sankei reported on the White House announcement concerning National Security Advisor O’Brien’s attendance at the East Asia Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4 on behalf of President Trump. The papers voiced concern that the decision will raise doubts at home and abroad about the U.S. commitment and credibility as a prominent member of the Indo-Pacific region. Noting that this is the third time for the U.S. leader to skip the key East Asia confab, Asahi quoted an ASEAN diplomatic source as saying that ASEAN has been “sidelined.” The paper added that China’s presence is bound to rise as a result of President Trump’s absence, as Premier Li is expected to attend.

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