East-West Center Releases 2020 Election Report Featuring Perspectives from Asia on US Asia Policy


WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 3, 2020) – The East-West Center, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Sutter of The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, has released a report featuring perspectives from Asia on US Asia policy in the 2020 US Presidential Election, A Hardening US-China Competition: Asia Policy in America's 2020 Elections and Regional Responses.

Report cover imageBased on interviews with numerous policy experts across Asia, the report details the incumbent Trump administration’s policy decisions regarding hardening competition with China amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how these actions have been viewed across the US government, the American public, and in the Indo-Pacific region. Regional allies and partners also share expectations for how the US relationship with various Asian countries will change depending on whether President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden assumes the presidency in the next term.

“Working again with leading expert Dr. Robert Sutter, drawing on the Asia Matters for America initiative’s tracker of the 2020 Election discussions of Asia policy, and interviewing dozens of experts in several regional countries, I am delighted to present our assessment of the US Asia policy debate and regional responses,” stated East-West Center Vice President and co-author Dr. Satu Limaye, “The East-West Center remains committed to such joint projects convening Americans and Asians to collaborate and share perspectives.”

Dr. Sutter added, “Working with close colleague Dr. Satu Limaye and the excellent supporting staff of the East-West Center has resulted in this multifaceted assessment of American and Asian-Pacific determinants with important and often troubling implications for the region and the United States.”

The report features insights from experts at The Australian National University, Observer Research Foundation, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), the Sejong Institute, Seoul National University, the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Nanyang Technological University, and other institutions in the region.

It is available for download here.