US summit inspires skepticism and hope in Southeast Asia

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2015 file photo, Philippine presidential candidate Elly Pamatong burns a Chinese flag in Manila to denounce China's island-building at the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. It's a point of pride for many people in Southeast Asia that their respective nations will be represented at a summit with President Barack Obama in the U.S. this week. Beyond that, expectations range from the skeptical to the stratospheric: nothing will change or perhaps Obama can nudge my country in a better direction. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — It's a point of pride for many people in Southeast Asia that their respective nations will be represented at a summit with President Barack Obama in the U.S. this week. Beyond that, expectations range from the skeptical to the stratospheric: nothing will change or perhaps Obama can nudge my country in a better direction.


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