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South­east Asians wor­ried by su­per­power ri­valry: Sur­vey

South­east Asians wor­ried by su­per­power ri­valry: Sur­vey Vietnam leads: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) hands over the gavel for ASEAN chairmanship to Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the closing ceremony of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)
Dian Sep­tiari
Jakarta   ●   Thu, January 16, 2020

Peo­ple in South­east Asia are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned the re­gion could turn into a bat­tle­ground for in­flu­ence among the world’s su­per­pow­ers, as anx­i­ety over China’s rise con­tin­ues to grow while con­fi­dence in the United States de­clines, a new sur­vey has shown.

In to­tal, 73.2 per­cent of re­spon­dents in­ter­viewed by the ASEAN Stud­ies Cen­ter at the Sin­ga­pore-­based ISEAS-Yu­sof Ishak In­sti­tute said they were wor­ried the re­gion “is be­com­ing an arena of ma­jor power com­pe­ti­tion” and that coun­tries in the re­gion “may be­come prox­ies for the in­ter­ests of ma­jor pow­ers”.


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