Just last month, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, with a face-to-face meeting in Chongqing. The Chinese foreign minister pledged further vaccine assistance to the 10 countries battling the coronavirus pandemic. China is working to improve ties in the region, while the United States is hoping to restore its credibility after four years of the Trump administration. Both countries are engaged in geopolitical competition in the region.
Joining the discussion:
- Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
- Sourabh Gupta is a resident senior fellow with the Institute for China-America Studies.
- James P. Moore Jr. is the founder and CEO of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society.
- Richard Heydarian is a professorial chair holder in geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
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