The rise of China has led to a diverse range of responses in the crescent of countries from Pakistan through the Philippines. Some regimes and publics have become more favorable toward China, others have turned increasingly hostile, and yet others seek advantages in being pursued by China, the US, India, and other large powers. Understanding these responses is crucial for making sense of the possible outcomes of geopolitical and geo-economic competition and cooperation in Asia.
In this presentation, Dr. Paul Staniland will present an overview of trends in public opinion toward China and the US across South and Southeast Asia, examine specific countries’ political debates about navigating these politics, and discuss trends in actual foreign policy choices.
Dr. Paul Staniland particularly focuses on South Asia (especially India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) while briefly exploring Southeast Asia. This comparative approach allows a simultaneously clearer and more nuanced picture of the varying ways in which Asian states are managing an increasingly unstable international environment; it shows no single trend, but instead three quite different trajectories that are rooted in both large strategic goals and more fine-grained domestic political dynamics.
- Associate Professor of Political Science
- Faculty Chair of Committee on International Relations
- The University of Chicago
Mark Barnekow (MBA '88)
- Executive Director
- The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
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