American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: APAmerican flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: AP
American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: AP
Jikon Lai
Opinion

Opinion

Jikon Lai and Elina Noor

US-China tensions: Asean should actively address the fallout from their feud

  • A cycle of reciprocal aggression between the world’s two largest and most influential powers cannot be the formula for stable or orderly coexistence
  • As a relatively neutral set of actors, Asean states should go beyond acting as mediators between the major powers and jointly identify possible solutions

American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: APAmerican flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: AP
American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing in 2018. If China and the United States continue on their current confrontational trajectory, other actors such as Asean might need to step in to prevent further global destabilisation. Photo: AP
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