Summary of Southeast Asia’s Tangled Web of Economic Ties May Help Limit China’s Sway

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a group of 10 economies with a diverse and multilayered global trade presence, counts China as its biggest trading partner. Some observers point to the possibility of a Chinese-led trade and investment bloc emerging to swallow up ASEAN. Yet the group’s regional and worldwide connections are varied and complex, casting doubt on that scenario, according to Asia expert Walter Lohman. getAbstract recommends this engaging analysis of an often-overlooked economic powerhouse to executives and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What trade patterns define the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations,
  • How China’s influence in ASEAN has grown and
  • What role the United States plays in the region’s economic and political future.
 

About the Author

Walter Lohman is director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation.

 

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – a political and economic entity consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – has a global economic reach. The group’s members, in addition to conducting their own independent...

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