17 June 2020
Asian countries under growing pressure to take a decisive side in the escalating hegemony conflict between the United States and China must join forces to restore multilateral framework for global order and seek careful balance in national and common interests, regional experts agreed.
Although the chance of the U.S. and China entering war is “near zero”, proxy war on behalf of the two superpowers will intensify, aggravating dilemmas for third countries, observed Chung Jae-ho, professor at Seoul National University at the 21st World Knowledge Forum pre-event held on Tuesday under the theme of ‘Impact of G2 Cold War & Measures to Respond’.
Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), said that many ASEAN nations are caught in an awkward position where they have to choose between long-time ally – the U.S. – and major trading partner – China. He added a prudent leadership is needed now more than ever because many Asian countries rely heavier on China to drive growth in their economies. He advised that the nations should take different strategies for different issues.
A full video of the forum is available on the WKF’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu9ZEJoUpUs. Amb Ong Keng Yong’s remarks starts from 19:15.
RSIS / Online
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