- Vikram Nehru , Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Asia Program
Jan 11 , 2017Given their economic and geographic proximity to China, Southeast Asian countries are beginning to warm up to the Chinese renminbi. At this stage, however, it would be premature for Southeast Asian governments to do much more than they have already done.
- Recent developments are highlighting how competition over shared water resources is a major contributory factor to the growing geopolitical discord in Asia. China’s “territorial grab” in the South China Sea has been accompanied by a quieter “freshwater grab” in transnational river basins. Reengineering trans-boundary water flows is integral to China’s strategy to employ power, control, influence, and fashion a strongly Sino-centric Asia. The upsurge of resource and territorial disputes has underscored the looming dangers. Various developments indeed are highlighting the linkage between water and peace.
- Sajjad Ashraf , Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
Dec 14 , 2016President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership kills the stillborn deal. For the countries of Southeast Asia who joined this U.S. led pact, it is a moment of reflection over their policy choices, making them seek accommodation with a more certain China rather than a wavering U.S.
- Curtis S. Chin , Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Jose B. Collazo , Southeast Asia Analyst and an Associate at RiverPeak Group
Oct 31 , 2016Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo detail the challenge of stolen art and artifacts from Asian countries, outlining the ways the U.S. and China can cooperate to prevent illicit trade and promote the return of stolen antiquities. They emphasize educating the public on the importance of protecting Asia’s culture and history, strengthening and enforcing government laws on the issue, and calling upon the region’s museums, private galleries, and art dealers to help prevent illicit trade through cooperative transnational enforcement, and new technology to track an artifact’s provenance. The importance of tracking the art trade is made particularly important as private wealth has increased. Along with growing interest in collecting have come renewed concerns over connections to “blood antiquities” and illicit trade.
- Catharin Dalpino , Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University Washington Program
Nov 22 , 2016If the Trump administration offers opportunities to improve U.S.-Thai relations, Bangkok will likely move to maximize them. What gains Washington may reap, however, can only be calculated when the shape and direction of a Trump foreign policy are more clearly defined.
- Erin Murphy , Founder and Principal, Inle Advisory Group
Sep 12 , 2016If the U.S. and China’s stated goals in both the G20 and the EAS hold true, Southeast Asian countries stand to benefit greatly. As is readily apparent in Myanmar, countries in the region no longer desire to be pawns in a geopolitical economic game, but rather collaborative partners to ensure fair benefits.
- He Yafei , former Vice Minister, State Council Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs
Mar 07 , 2016For Southeast and East Asia to have a favorable architecture, wherein all nations could aspire to common development and prosperity, it is necessary for both the U.S. and China to work closely with each other and with ASEAN.
- Doug Bandow , Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Dec 01 , 2015China and the U.S. are waging a bitter but so far nonviolent struggle in Burma. And the U.S. appears to be winning. For Burma, opening to the West was the answer; sanctions were eased, Western leaders rushed to visit, and business investment flowed in.