US-China tensions: implications for the Asia-Pacific

This event, hosted by UK think tank Chatham House will discuss how US-China relations are impacting on countries in the Asia-Pacific.

Relations between the US and China have deteriorated rapidly in recent years, exacerbated by the pandemic. The Alaska summit demonstrated ongoing tensions, although the two countries have hinted that they are open to collaborate on issues of global interest.

Amid these tensions, countries in the Asia-Pacific region are attempting to carefully manage the need to, on the one hand, secure trading partnerships with China and, on the other hand, maintain security ties with the US.

How will countries in the region respond to Washington’s attempts to rally support for its Indo-Pacific strategy?

What are the challenges and opportunities for multilateral and rules-based international cooperation between the US and China?

How would a potential decoupling impact on the region’s economic growth model?

How resilient are regional free trade agreements such as CPTPP and RCEP?

What are the implications of rising geopolitical risks on Asian businesses?


Bilahari Kausikan, Former Permanent Secretary, Foreign Ministry, Singapore

Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Yu Jie, Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Vasuki Shastry, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House (Chair)

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