China’s growing political and economic powers were a matter of concern for the U.S. In this regard, a research survey was conducted last year in November and December.
To avoid biases, the research team employed experts from non-government and foreign nationalities.
Around 188 experts from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam took part in the survey.
The survey summarized that the majority of the respondents favored China as having a very important strategic and economic influence in the region.
The majority of the respondents from Academia, a think-tank, and public office nominated China as the highest influential economic power in the Southeast Asian region.
The people that favored the U.S for having the utmost political power fell from 31 percent to 27 percent.
The research was also conducted on 5G mobile networks to see which country’s mobile was preferred? Overall Chinese mobiles were more preferred compared to American mobiles.
According to a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the gap between the U.S and China is probably expected to get wider in the next decade.
Respondents from both public and private sectors were concerned about China’s growing influence in the region.
Also, many respondents noticed that under the current administration the U.S. commitments in Southeast Asia have declined.
The survey proposes that other than China there are more emerging powers like Japan, India, and Indonesia that are competing for economic and strategic influence.
It is clear that the balance between the political powers is shifting in Southeast Asia and there is a drop in U.S activities and influence.