06 Sep '17, 12am

Who will replace the US in Southeast Asia?

Who will replace the US in Southeast Asia?

What would Southeast Asia’s strategic order look like if the United States were to retrench militarily from Asia? Three scenarios are possible. In the first, two regional powers — Japan and Indonesia — fill the vacuum left by the United States. In the second, ASEAN takes on a leadership role. The third scenario looks to China as the power most capable of filling the strategic vacuum. This third scenario is the most plausible — absent a strong US military presence, virtually all of Southeast Asia is likely to ‘bandwagon for profit’ with China. US military retrenchment from Asia — where troops based in South Korea and Japan are withdrawn — is not implausible. Polls have indicated that many Americans believe the US should solve its problems at home before trying to solve those facing the world. Capitalising on this theme of ‘America first’, presidential candidate Donald Trump...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/06/who-will-replace-...

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