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Forging a New Check on China

Author: Jennifer M. Harris, Senior Fellow
February 16, 2016
U.S. News and World Report


U.S. leaders still haven't quite figured out the right formula for the greatest geopolitical challenge facing the United States this century: managing China's rise. But that may have changed Monday, when President Barack Obama welcomed leaders from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for a two-day summit at Sunnylands in California, the so-called Camp David of the West.

The meeting marks the first time these leaders have convened on U.S. soil and the first time they have gathered since ASEAN inaugurated its own regional economic bloc – the Asian Economic Community – last December after almost 50 years of negotiations. It will also be the first time that the United States and ASEAN meet as newly minted "strategic partners."

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