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
Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.