Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, believes Obama has the opportunity in his second term to create a new relationship with Asia, especially China.
He says the US should be engaged in the region “but in a new multilateral way”.
“It can still be a leading country but one that listens and allows others to lead,” Tay says.
He says Obama’s focus on Asia, which has become known as the pivot, should not be a “military-focused attempt to continue hegemony or increase tensions”.
“There needs to be a balanced and nuanced engagement that helps build Asian regionalism,” he says.
“The immediate need is to calm things down from the electioneering ﬁnger-pointing at China.”
Tay feels the ASEAN summit will provide an opportunity for Obama to meet the new Chinese leadership and “move away from tension”
The orginal article, published under the headline "Vital Connection", was published in the China Daily on the 16th of Nov. You can read the entire piece here and here.