Barack Obama's failure to turn up at the recent Asian summits in Bali and Brunei gave China licence to criticise the role of the US dollar in the global economy and to push its rival agenda for the Asia Pacific region. While the US remains the world's only truly global superpower, the FT's Paul Davies looks at how the dysfunctional politics of the US is affecting the country's status in Asia
Filmed, produced and edited by Tom Griggs, additional footage by Reuters
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