An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP
An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP
William Choong
Opinion

Opinion

William Choong

How the US can maintain influence over Asean, whether Trump or Biden wins

  • US-China tensions have left Southeast Asian countries in a difficult position, and Washington should offer options instead of forcing them to take sides
  • The US could adopt a cooperative approach in pushing against Beijing on issues like the South China Sea, Belt and Road infrastructure and Huawei

An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP
An officer patrols aboard the USS Montgomery, which took part in a maritime exchange with Asean states. The US needs to lay options on the table to maintain traction with countries in the region. Photo: AP
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