Evan A Laksmana shares his views on changing dynamics between China and Southeast Asian countries, the influence of domestic elites, China’s vaccine diplomacy, and why RCEP should not be seen as a China-led agreement.
Southeast Asia is central to the BRI and China’s global ambitions. But China is recently encountering headwinds as countries in the region are re-evaluating their relationship with China and seeking alternatives. As Insa Ewert writes, while dependence on Chinese financing remains an issue for some, recent developments could also improve projects and conditions for recipient countries.
Ernie Bower, founder and CEO of BowerGroupAsia, a consulting firm, speaks to YCW about U.S. policy toward ASEAN countries under the Trump administration and where he would go in Asia if he was starting out in his career today.
In this broad and insightful interview, LSE’s Danny Quah talks all things economics, including ASEAN, currency valuation, and TPP. Professor Quah also answers the question, “What does the American interstate have to do with China’s One Belt, One Road?”