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China: Waiting for Trump – Xi steps into the void

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  • China is wasting no time in occupying centre stage in the Asia-Pacific theatre during the US political interregnum.
  • Trump’s announcement of withdrawal from the TPP leaves room for Beijing to push its own proposals for regional associations which could exclude the US.
  • China is helped in this by its position as the locus for inter-Asian trade amid increased investment flows to ASEAN countries.
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