China’s influence in Southeast Asia is growing and the U.S. has some catching up to do
Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.
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The U.S. is playing catch-up to China’s growing political and economic influence in Southeast Asia, and that gap is expected to grow wider in the next decade, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The report by the Washington-based think tank was based on a survey conducted in November and December last year — before the coronavirus, which first emerged in China, spread globally.
The survey targeted non-governmental experts across Southeast Asia, and those in international relations. In total, 188 such experts from Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines responded to the survey.
“The results of this survey paint a picture of clearly ascendant Chinese influence …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]