The Impact of China's Rise on Southeast Asia
A Conversation with Sebastian Strangio

Sebastian Strangio

Journalist, Author, and Analyst on SE Asia

Prof. Donald K. Emmerson

Director, Southeast Asia Forum, Stanford

September 23, 2020 4:00 PM    Webinar

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Today, Southeast Asia stands uniquely exposed to the waxing power of the new China. Three of its nations border China and five are directly impacted by its claims over the South China Sea. All dwell in the lengthening shadow of its influence: economic, political, military, and cultural. As China seeks to restore its former status as Asia’s preeminent power, the countries of Southeast Asia face an increasingly stark choice: flourish within Beijing’s orbit or languish outside of it. Meanwhile, as rival powers including the United States take concerted action to curb Chinese ambitions, the region has emerged as an arena of heated strategic competition.

Drawing on more than a decade of on-the-ground experience, Sebastian Strangio explores the impacts of China’s rise on Southeast Asia, the varied ways in which the countries of the region are responding, and what it might mean for the future balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.

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Sebastian Strangio is a journalist, author, and analyst focusing on Southeast Asia. Since 2008, his writing from the region has appeared in Foreign PolicyThe New York TimesThe EconomistThe New RepublicForbes, Al Jazeera, and The Atlanticamong many other publications. In addition to living and working in Cambodia, where he spent three years reporting at The Phnom Penh Post, he has also reported from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Korea, and the Russian Far East.

Donald K. Emmerson (Moderator) is Director of the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. In addition, Prof. Emmerson is an associated scholar with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He is also a senior fellow emeritus in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His current research focuses on relations between Southeast Asia and China. Professor Emmerson also edited and recently published a book, The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century.

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At Stanford, in addition to his work for the Southeast Asia Program and his affiliations with CDDRL and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Donald Emmerson has taught courses on Southeast Asia in East Asian Studies, International Policy Studies, and Political Science. He is active as an analyst of current policy issues involving Asia.