Changing mood in Southeast Asia amid rivalry between the US and China – Asia Times
Changing mood in Southeast Asia amid rivalry between the US and China – Asia Times

Changing mood in Southeast Asia amid rivalry between the US and China – Asia Times

Southeast Asia is still reluctant to take sides when it comes to rivalry between the United States and China in their region, according to the latest 2022 State of Southeast Asia study from the respected ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

More than a tenth of respondents in a regional survey published this month said they believe “remaining neutral is impractical” and that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc should choose between the two superpowers.

“Hedging is a luxury between powers can not afford for long, especially when efforts are high, superpowers are intrusive and rivalry intensifies,” said Rahul Mishra, an associate professor at the University of Malaysia’s Asia-Europe Institute.

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