The U.S. is losing the competition for influence in Southeast Asia. The winner, at least for the time being, is the People’s Republic of China. This is a widely held perception in Southeast Asia and leads to one of the central recommendations of the members of the Asia Foundation’s Southeast Asia Task Force; namely, that the U.S. needs to adopt an integrated and comprehensive policy toward ASEAN and not just with each of the 10 individual countries.
PacNet #53 – America’s Role in Asia: What Does Southeast Asia Want From Washington?
December 21, 2004