While great power competition was already on the rise, the insertion of COVID-19 into an already tense mix introduced new dynamics, both in terms of risks of antagonism as well as opportunities for cooperation. This panel seeks to explore questions such as: To what extent has the pandemic impacted great power relations, changed the power balance, reinforced trends, or created new fault lines? Has COVID-19 advanced China’s regional leadership role in Asia? Has COVID-19 harmed America’s Indo-Pacific plans, and how will a new President Biden change U.S. policy towards multilateralism in Asia? What kind of multilateralism could replace the version that so many lost faith in before COVID-19?
1. “The Impact of COVID-19 on Great Power Dynamics in the Indo-Pacific” by Dr Beverley Loke
2. “China’s Role in the Post-COVID Indo-Pacific” by Professor Gao Jian
3. “The Future of American Commitment to the Indo-Pacific. A New Beginning under Biden?” by Dr Brad Glosserman
Last updated on 22/02/2021