China's ASEAN Invasion

As long as the United States fails to understand what motivates Southeast Asian states, its influence will continue to diminish vis-à-vis China.

Issue: May-June 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH'S November 2006 visit to Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum was of enormous interest to Southeast Asians. It was a rare but excellent opportunity to discuss America's strategic role in the region-one, unfortunately, that was not taken. While there was a full agenda-fighting terrorism and disease, promoting economic freedom and human rights-the president failed to lay out a U.S. vision for regional security. And he seemed to ignore the reality of intensifying Southeast Asian security dilemmas and competition.

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