Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

US-China relations: Southeast Asia cannot afford another neocolonial great power rivalry

  • A new great power contest would be a disaster for Southeast Asian states which struggle to maintain autonomy and prefer to selectively follow the wishes of bigger powers
  • The international order must accommodate China’s interests, and the US should compromise while it can influence the terms rather than resist the inevitable

Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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