President’s Commentary: Are We Losing to the People’s Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific?

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President’s Commentary: Are We Losing to the People’s Republic of China in the Indo-Pacific? | AFCEA International

BY LT. GEN. SUSAN S. LAWRENCE, USA (RET.) NOV 01, 2023

The United States is losing the battle for influence in Southeast Asia, an area strategically vital in the larger Indo-Pacific region, according to a recent study by the Lowy Institute, an independent think tank in Sydney, Australia.

The study, Asia Power Snapshot: China and the United States in Southeast Asia, found that the United States lost influence to China over the past five years in four categories: economic relationships, defense networks, diplomatic impact and cultural influence. The institute measures influence through an Asia power index with a total of 100 points available on each measure. In 2018, China led the United States 52-48; in 2022, that lead increased to 54-46.

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