With a U.S. presidential transition underway, foreign policy watchers have been speculating about the future of U.S. policy in one of the world’s most consequential regions: the Indo-Pacific. Questions are accumulating about where a new administration will focus its early energies and what steps are needed to restore U.S. relationships with key allies and partners.
On December 3, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution virtually hosted United States Senator Tammy Duckworth for a discussion on the future of U.S. alliances in the Indo-Pacific. Following the keynote conversation, a group of policy experts discussed regional perspectives on the Indo-Pacific from the standpoint of India, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
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With the downward trajectory in [U.S.-China] relations, the incoming ambassador ideally will need to have a visible connection to the president and his senior advisers, familiarity with the range of issues that comprise the relationship, and a future in American politics. The more the ambassador is seen as likely to wield influence in the future on issues affecting China, the higher the cost and risk for Beijing to mistreat him/her.