A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP
A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Why Biden has been a disappointment to Southeast Asia so far

  • While Asean policymakers and thought leaders welcomed Biden’s election, four months into his presidency, Southeast Asian nations feel they have been largely frozen out by Washington
  • In contrast, Chinese leaders have maintained robust communications with their regional counterparts

A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP
A worker adjusts the Brunei flag before the 22nd Asean coordinating council meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore in November 2018. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is Asia-based academic, currently a Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and author of, among others, “The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery”.