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What happens if Southeast Asia gets Trumped?With his shocking victory in the U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump has made history – and made a lot of people very afraid. This would represent a notable reversal from the last eight years, during which President Barack Obama made a concerted effort to deepen America's ties with Southeast Asia. Under Obama's stewardship, the U.S. acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, and joined the East Asia Summit.Earlier this year, Obama hosted the first U.S.-ASEAN summit on American soil.U.S. relations with other countries in the region may stall, if not deteriorate, as confidence in Trump's willingness to follow through on U.S. commitments collapses.It is not only Southeast Asia that will suffer from Trump's indifference.The U.S. would be remiss to squander all the significant investment that his predecessor has made in Southeast Asia.
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