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Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge
Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge
By Murray Hiebert
Rowman & Littlefield, 2020, 608 pp
In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century
In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century
By Sebastian Strangio
Yale University Press, 2020, 360 pp
Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia
Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia
By David Shambaugh
Oxford University Press, 2020, 352 pp

When I served as a Singaporean diplomat, I once asked a Vietnamese counterpart what an impending leadership change in Hanoi meant for his country’s relations with China. “Every Vietnamese leader,” he replied, “must get along with China, every Vietnamese leader must stand up to China, and if you can’t do both at the same time, you don’t deserve to be leader.”

As U.S. President Joe Biden begins his term in office, his team should heed those words. Southeast Asia is the epicenter of the competition between China and the United States. To different degrees and in

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