The US’ original plans for the Pivot to Asia have largely been reversed in favor of China, though Washington still has a few tricks up its sleeve through Hybrid War and the “Lead From Behind” stratagem in making up for its recent setbacks.
The US would like for TPP to eventually cover all of ASEAN, but it can’t do this without Indonesia first agreeing to its terms.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that the Muslim world should reject foreign intervention, as it clearly led to devastating results as seen in many countries.
Feb. 15 President Barack Obama told on opening ceremony that "The United States will play a larger and long-term role in the Southeast Asian region and ASEAN". In November 2015, during an ASEAN summit in Malaysia, Obama announced that U.S.-ASEAN ties would be upgraded to the level of a "strategic partnership."