The respective visits of Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in Southeast Asia signaled the United States' latest moves to wield influence in the region amid China's dominance.
On Thursday, September 16, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to analyst Gregory Poling on what these visits mean, as well as US policy in Southeast Asia and its evolution in recent years.
Poling is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies–Southeast Asia Program. He also serves as director of the center's Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.
What should Washington prioritize in its agenda in the region? What will US policy look like in the future? – Rappler.com
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