About the 12th ASEAN and Asia Forum
Thursday, 29 August 2019
ASEAN is facing political and economic uncertainty as Sino-American tensions intensify. The conflict has affected supply chains and business sentiments, and there is increasing concern that the standoff is about more than trade and technology. Unless China and the United States can resolve their differences, the world may see a scenario where the two great powers are locked in strategic competition, with Asia caught in between. ASEAN is already being courted by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), while the US hopes to make ASEAN the geographic centre of its Indo-Pacific Strategy.
The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is ranked as one of the world’s leading think tanks and number one in Asia and The Pacific. The SIIA is an independent think tank dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of regional and international issues. Founded in 1961 and registered as a membership-based society, we are Singapore’s oldest think-tank.