China and the US in South-east Asian eyes

A survey of regional elites sheds new and unexpected insights on how they view the two big powers. ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute director Choi Shing Kwok discusses how the rivals fare in the contest for influence.

South-east Asia has become a focus of attention in the last decade for both enviable and unenviable reasons.

Being recognised as one of the fastest growing and economically dynamic regions in the world, that global investors and businesses want a piece of, is clearly positive. At the same time, rising competition for regional influence between China and the United States has become a matter of serious concern.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 08, 2020, with the headline 'China and the US in South-east Asian eyes '. Subscribe