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PacNet #53 – America’s Role in Asia: What Does Southeast Asia Want From Washington?

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.