China steals a Covid-19 march on US in SE Asia

With the world falling ill, a global recession on the horizon and supply chains either disrupted or collapsing, the Covid-19 pandemic will inevitably reconfigure the international order.

In Southeast Asia, where infection rates have soared since mid-March and with many regional economies now bracing for their lowest growth since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, there are early signs are that the post-virus order will favor China over the United States.  

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads across a panicked US, with signs it will soon become the disease’s epicenter, China has claimed to contain its outbreak and is now prioritizing bringing its economy back to life.

As such, Beijing will soon become the only stable ally Southeast Asia can turn to in an hour of viral need.

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