Southeast Asia and the Challenge of a Rising China


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When: Sep 15 2020 - 6:00pm until Sep 15 2020 - 7:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Series:

 Southeast Asia and the Challenge of a Rising China


Mr. Sebastian Strangio
Southeast Asia Editor, The Diplomat &
Author, In the Dragon's Shadow:
Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

East-West Center in Washington · Southeast Asia and the Challenge of a Rising China

The nations of Southeast Asia stand uniquely exposed to the waxing power of the new China. Three share borders with the world’s most populous nation, andSebastian Strangio five are directly impacted by its aggressive claims over the South China Sea. All dwell in the lengthening shadow of Chinese influence: economic, political, military, and cultural. As rival nations including the United States take forceful actions to curb and contain Chinese power, Southeast Asia finds itself once again a cauldron of great power competition. In a discussion about his book In the Dragon’s Shadow, journalist Sebastian Strangio examined the impacts of Beijing’s rising economic and political power on Southeast Asia, how the governments and peoples of the region are responding, and what it might mean for the future of power in the Indo-Pacific.


Sebastian Strangio is a journalist and author, and currently works as Southeast Asia Editor at The Diplomat. In 2008, he began his career as a reporter at The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, and he has since traveled and reported extensively across the ten nations of ASEAN, paying special attention to the impact of China’s growing power. Sebastian’s writing has appeared in leading publications including Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is also the author of Hun Sen’s Cambodia (Yale University Press, 2014), a path-breaking examination of Cambodia since the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Alongside his journalistic work, he has also consulted for a wide variety of economic risk firms and non-government organizations, and has been quoted widely in the international media. Sebastian was born and raised in Australia and currently lives in Adelaide.

Dr. Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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