Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 06/2012

U.S.-China Competition in Asia: Legacies Help America

Robert Sutter

February 2012

East-West Center


As Sino-American competition for influence enters a new stage with the Obama administration’s re-engagement with Asia, each power’s legacies in the region add to economic, military and diplomatic factors determining which power will be more successful in the competition. How the United States and China deal with their respective histories in regional affairs and the role of their non-government relations with the Asia- Pacific represent important legacies that on balance favor the United States.