This policy outlook outlines the main dynamics of the evolving strategic landscape in the Indo-Pacific region and examines how regional states are responding to this shifting environment.

Muhammed Lütfi Türkcan 05 October 2020

This policy outlook outlines the main dynamics of the evolving strategic landscape in the Indo-Pacific region and examines how regional states are responding to this shifting environment. The perception of declining US power and credibility coupled with China’s growing ambitions and influence create great uncertainty for US regional allies, leading them to take initiative in the security and economic realms. Hence, in response to the US and China’s attempts to reshape the regional order to their respective advantage, regional states - particularly US allies and partners - seek to strengthen their defence capabilities and foster intra-regional economic and security cooperation. The ultimate shape of the emerging regional order in the Indo-Pacific will be determined by the actions of both the US and China and the reactions of the regional states to these efforts.

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