The America’s Role in the Indo-Pacific report explores the data of an extensive six-country survey on attitudes towards America, China, Australia, and other major regional actors in the Indo-Pacific. The report reveals a complex picture of public attitudes in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and India on issues such as American influence under President Donald Trump, international trade, the U.S.-China relationship and the likelihood of conflict in the region.
The surveys were administered during the first weeks of March 2017. During this period, the global landscape was dominated by events that included the U.S. Presidential election, the lead-up to an Australian Federal election, the slowdown of Chinese economic growth to a ‘new normal’, the acceleration of North Korea’s nuclear missile testing, the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula. These events, in the region and beyond, provide the backdrop against which responses were gathered.
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The event is co-organised by S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Perth USAsia Centre and United States Studies Centre.