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Fri, May 29, 2020

Trump has escalated his confrontation with China. Here’s what that means.

During a news conference at the White House on May 29, US President Donald J. Trump rebuked China for its response to the coronavirus pandemic and alleged violation of Hong Kong’s sovereignty. The US president argued that China’s behavior has endangered US economic interests and national security.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Coronavirus

Fri, May 8, 2020

COVID-19 is increasing strategic uncertainty in Southeast Asia

Nothing that’s happened on COVID-19 yet—including China’s much commented-on ‘mask diplomacy’—is going to sway opinions or foreign policy alignments in Southeast Asia in fundamental ways. But that could change depending on what steps China and the United States take as their relationship moves—as it now seems likely to do—in a sharper, more antagonistic direction in the months and years to come.

New Atlanticist by Adam Schwarz

Coronavirus East Asia

Adam Schwarz is the founding partner and chief executive officer of Asia Group Advisors (AGA), a strategy and investment advisory firm. With offices and affiliates in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Washington DC, AGA serves global, regional, and national clients on regulatory analysis and advocacy, strategic communications, market entry, government relations, and reputation management.

Prior to AGA, Schwarz worked at McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia from 2001-13. He advised clients on issues ranging from strategy, corporate transformation, leadership development, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice. Schwarz was previously a correspondent and bureau chief for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam. He writes regularly on Southeast Asian political and economic topics and authored the highly regarded book ‘A Nation in Waiting,’ on Indonesian contemporary history.

Schwarz was awarded a 1987-88 Luce Scholar fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and was the 1997-98 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam is a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Jakarta-based Centre for Public Policy Transformation and the Washington, DC-based U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). He has previously served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in both Singapore and Indonesia, He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where he lectures on political, economic, and security issues across Southeast Asia.