US President Joe Biden addresses an Asean-US Summit. Photo: AFP
US President Joe Biden addresses an Asean-US Summit. Photo: AFP
Robert Sutter
Opinion

Opinion

Robert Sutter

Why the US is losing to China in the battle for Southeast Asia

  • In Washington’s competition with Beijing, Biden has gained support from Australia, India, Japan, South Korea and Europe, but Southeast Asia is more wary
  • The US doesn’t have the funds to compete with China’s Belt and Road financing. Meanwhile, it alienates Asean members with its emphasis on human rights – and the sense that its attention is only episodic

US President Joe Biden addresses an Asean-US Summit. Photo: AFP
US President Joe Biden addresses an Asean-US Summit. Photo: AFP
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