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US postpones ASEAN summit with Asia leaders amid coronavirus fears

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's administration has postponed a major summit of Asian leaders next month as coronavirus fears grow, a senior administration official told USA TODAY. 

A special summit of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was supposed to be held in Las Vegas on March 14th. 

“As the international community works together to defeat the novel coronavirus, the United States, in consultation with ASEAN partners, has made the difficult decision to postpone the ASEAN leaders meeting previously scheduled for mid-March,” a senior administration official, who declined to speak publicly because the cancellation of the event had not yet been formally announced, told USA TODAY. “The United States values our relationships with the nations of this critical region, and looks forward to future meetings.”

Members of ASEAN include Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.

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