A complex set of new realities is taking shape in Asia where rising powers like China and India wield new influence and challenge American global dominance. However, despite Asia’s rise as a unified phenomenon, there is competition between nations, and suspicions and counterbalances remain. Arguably, the region has a fair way to go before it can truly play a global role. What are the prospects for U.S.-Asia relations as China’s rise coincides with, what appears to be, an American downturn? What are the possible trajectories for the world’s second largest economy? What shifts are taking place within the intra-Asian dynamic? How will the persistence of 20th century threats and the emergence of new ones impact Asia’s growth and stability and its relations with the U.S.?
On October 18, 2011, the Center for Northeast Asian Studies at Brookings, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Sciences held a one-day conference on the U.S.-Asia dynamic in the 21st century and the challenges that lie ahead. Four panels, featuring Brookings scholars as well leading experts from across Asia, provided their views on some of the major factors that will influence interaction in the medium term between the U.S. and Asia, and within Asia.