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State of Southeast Asia Survey 2023: It Takes Three to Tango
If ASEAN can’t tango with China or the U.S., who else? Pragmatic as always, ASEAN’s favourite choices for hedging partners remain the EU and Japan but attention appears to have also fallen on India as its third choice this year, writes Sharon Seah.
Avoiding Divots in the U.S. Pivot to Asia
While the Americans have made noticeable progress in their “pivot” to Asia, the crux of successful regional engagement rests on Washington’s ability to work with and around China’s indisputable links and influence in this part of the world, while managing its own relationship with Beijing, writes William Choong.
The Continuing Search for Balance
The Albanese government must ensure it strikes the right balance in managing the two pillars of Australia’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific – deterrence and engagement, writes John McCarthy.
The Evolution of America’s China Strategy
While US President Joe Biden’s administration is right to question the basic assumptions that underlay America’s strategy of engagement with China, those who devised that strategy over two decades ago were also right in their own way. Then as now, even distant scenarios must be left open, writes Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Beyond US-China relations: Towards an inclusive and pluralistic Indo-Pacific order
The future of Indo-Pacific order need not be solely determined by US-China relations, writes Tsutomu Kikuchi. Strengthening the resilience of regional states can lead to an inclusive and shared rules-based order.