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Nisid Hajari on the Impact of U.S.-China Rivalry in Southeast Asia


In this virtual roundtable of six podcasts hosted by Professor Sarwar Kashmeri, the Foreign Policy Association aims to shed some light and serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding and informed opinions on the key issues that face American policymakers as they seek to peer over the horizon to manage the U.S.-China relations.

In the second installment of the virtual roundtable, Nisid Hajari, the Asia Editor for Bloomberg View and author of the award-winning book Midnight’s Furies, discusses the impact of the U.S.-China rivalry on the rest of the region.

“In Southeast Asia in particular, countries have a conflicting view. They want the U.S. and China to have a presence in this region for different reasons: China is the lead trade partner for most of these nations and the U.S. has been the traditional guarantor of security” Hajari explained. “Countries do not want those rules to change but at the same time, they do not want to see any sort of conflict, or even friction, between the two big powers because the fallout affects them […] and they do not want to be forced to pick one or the other.”

For more analysis on the U.S.-China relationslisten to the other podcasts of the virtual roundtable.



Sarwar Kashmeri

Sarwar Kashmeri is an adjunct professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow at the Center for Peace and War at Norwich University; and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as a specialist and commentator on U.S.-European relations. His latest book is “NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete?” (

Applied Research Fellow