Breakfast Briefing – “To lose without fighting? The US, China, Southeast Asia and the South China Sea”

How long can the United States remain a ‘resident power in Asia’ in the face of China’s rise? Are Southeast Asian countries destined to become satellite states of Beijing? It’s increasingly fashionable to assume that China will inevitably eject the United States from Asia – starting in the South China Sea. Many voices – from ‘hawks’ in China to naval advocates in the US – are talking up Beijing’s abilities as a diplomatic and military power. But how plausible is this narrative?

Bill Hayton, author “The South China Sea: the Struggle for Power in Asia” spoke at V&P’s breakfast briefing for this topic on 27 October at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.