Robert Sutter
Robert Sutter
Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University, and was Visiting Fellow of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute between July and September 2021

The US doesn’t have the funds to compete with China’s Belt and Road financing. It also alienates Asean with its emphasis on human rights – and the sense that its attention is only episodic, writes Robert Sutter.


President Barack Obama's trip to Asia comes at a critical point for the region. When the administration signalled a "rebalance to Asia" in US foreign policy during the president's first term, many countries in the region welcomed the military, economic and diplomatic steps taken by the US to guarantee regional stability in view of the rise of China.

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