Biden seeks to keep China in focus by welcoming ASEAN leaders

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By David Brunnstrom, Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will host Southeast Asian leaders in Washington this week, seeking to show his administration remains focused on the Indo-Pacific and the long-term challenge of China despite the Ukraine crisis. A two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) begins with a White House dinner on Thursday before talks at the State Department on Friday. It will be the first time leaders of ASEAN, created in some of the darkest days of the Cold War, gather as a group at the White Hous…

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