Southeast Asia’s Counterstrategy to China

Contrary to the perception that Southeast Asia is a mere recipient of the Chinese attempt to dominate the region, countries in the region have developed diverse strategies to cope with China’s growing influence. This discussion seeks to explore the origins, methods, and success of different Southeast Asian countries’ counterstrategy to China, as well as the role of the United States.


Donald K. Emmerson, Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University

Dr. Emmerson is the editor of “The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century”. At Stanford, in addition to his work for the Southeast Asia Program and his affiliations with CDDRL and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Donald Emmerson has taught courses on Southeast Asia in East Asian Studies, International Policy Studies, and Political Science. He is active as an analyst of current policy issues involving Asia.

Murray Hiebert, Senior Associate, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS.

Mr. Hiebert is the author of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge”. Prior to joining CSIS, he was senior director for Southeast Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, he worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Review with decades of experiences in the region.

Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

Mr. Kurlantzick is the author, most recently, of A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA. Kurlantzick was previously a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics and China’s relations with Southeast Asia, including Chinese investment, aid, and diplomacy.

This event is co-hosted by Yun Sun at the Stimson Center and Joshua Kurlantzick at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

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