The Chinese and US delegations, led by presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, attend a working dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2018, after the G20 leaders’ summit. For international relations to move forward on a more positive trajectory, the world’s two leading powers need to address commitment and trust problems that afflict them both. Photo: Reuters
Chong Ja Ian
Opinion

Opinion

Chong Ja Ian

As US-China rivalry heats up, the days of not choosing sides may soon be over for Southeast Asia

  • Both powers have given Asean states reason to doubt their commitment to the region. Under pressure to align with the interests of one or the other, Southeast Asia’s policy of studied neutrality looks increasingly untenable

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The Chinese and US delegations, led by presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, attend a working dinner in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2018, after the G20 leaders’ summit. For international relations to move forward on a more positive trajectory, the world’s two leading powers need to address commitment and trust problems that afflict them both. Photo: Reuters