Is Southeast Asia Winning the US-China Trade War? Not So Fast

Is Southeast Asia Winning the US-China Trade War? Not So Fast

On June 23, 2019, one week after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to rekindle trade talks ahead of the G-20 Summit in Japan, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) quietly concluded its 34th summit in Bangkok. During the summit, leaders from the 10 ASEAN countries emphasized economic integration and regionalism, promising to push forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since the ASEAN Summit,…