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China’s rise met with distrust, survey says

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 7 2019   /  12:28 am

Southeast Asians see Chinese economic and political preeminence in Asia as inevitable, but they are not convinced that Beijing will use its newfound powers for the benefit of global peace, security, prosperity and governance, a survey released on Monday has shown.

About three out of four respondents in the survey conducted in the 10 member countries of ASEAN believe China is laying the groundwork for it to take on the mantle of leadership in response to the United States’ growing indifference, according to the survey by the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Center.

The center, part of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) — Yusof Ishak Institute, conducted the online survey in November and December and involved 1,008 respondents drawn from the region’s academic think tanks, governments, businesses, civil society groups and media communities.

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