US losing influence to China in South-East Asia


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Ms Patton said Japan, Korea and India are among other nations that hold sway in the region “but at the end of the day, the US and China are the most important external influences and the direction of travel is not positive for the US”. The research finds the US is more influential overall in only two of the 10 ASEAN countries: the Philippines and Singapore. China’s influence is most marked in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, but it is also ahead in Indonesia, the region’s largest economic powerhouse. Last year, China overtook the United States for its influence in Thailand,...