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Jakarta Post

US and China: Contrasting leadership for Asia

  • Dino Patti Djalal
    Dino Patti Djalal

    Former Indonesian ambassador to the US, founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI)

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 13, 2017   /  10:40 am
US and China: Contrasting leadership for Asia China's President Xi Jinping (left) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Agence France-Presse/Nicolas Asfuri)

As United States President Donald Trump makes his way across Asia, he will see lots of smiling faces from Asian leaders and citizens who, unlike his domestic constituents, find him somewhat amusing. Actually, Trump should pay attention to an important perceptual shift in Asia. A recent poll by Perth USAsia Center showed that most respondents in Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India for the first time see China as the most influential country in Asia, overtaking the US. Most respondents in those countries also believe China will remain the most influential country for the next decade, again overtaking the US. The presidency of Trump was a relevant factor in this. The poll results reflect the evolving views held by Asians toward the US and China. When Asians see the US and China, they don’t just see two great powers locked in strategic rivalry; they also now see a ...

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