Implications of Russia/Ukraine on US Indo Pacific Strategy

In February, the Biden Administration released its long-awaited Indo-Pacific strategy that leans heavily on alliances, military deterrence and a stronger presence in Southeast Asia to counter China’s growing regional and global footprint. Its central focus is sustained and creative collaboration with allies, partners, and institutions, within the region and beyond it. It emphasizes ASEAN centrality, noting the region’s role in helping address pressing challenges, and pledges to deepen long-standing cooperation with ASEAN while launching new initiatives in areas including health, climate and environment, energy, transportation, and gender equity and equality. A related Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), to be launched in the coming weeks, will focus on economic engagement with the region in areas including the digital economy, supply-chain resiliency and security, transparent, high-standards infrastructure, and digital connectivity. In addition, the United States announced that it will host the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) annual meeting in 2023 as it seeks to deepen economic ties in the region.

AmCham expresses our concern for all those affected by the violence, including our colleagues at AmCham Ukraine, their members, partners, and relatives. The consequences of Russia’s invasion will have serious impacts in the region, including on energy prices and recovery of the tourism sector in Vietnam. The current conflict is a reminder of how important it is for people around the world to come together to advance the cause of peace. AmCham members are invited to participate in an AmCham of the Asia Pacific (our umbrella group of AmChams in the region) virtual meeting on March 18 featuring a discussion on the Implications and Consequences of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine for the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy.

About the Guest Speaker:

Ryan Hass is a senior fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institute, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Hass focuses his research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia. He served in the Obama Adminstration as Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council. Hass is also the author of Stronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence.

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