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Kamala Harris: the US is a power in the Indo-Pacific

The issue of trust is at the heart of Kamala Harris’ Southeast Asia trip. The US vice president has traveled to the region to reassure her partner countries of one thing: We are here, and we will keep order. This key message is the US signal that they seem to have understood the mixed feelings the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan has left in Southeast Asia. The superpower has been present in the region for decades as a force for order. The main concern is that the US could leave other allies, like those located around the South China Sea, to their own devices, paving the way for Chinese hegemony.

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