Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era
Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan
Chapter 14: Strategic partners: Singapore and the United States
This chapter argues that Singapore serves as one of those strategic partners that the United States engages to advance its objectives in the Asia-Pacific. The web of security agreements that the United States maintains with Singapore allows the former to occupy a strategic geopolitical space in Asia and remain militarily involved in the region. Washington has, moreover, benefitted from Singapore’s support for its positions on international trade. The Singaporean state, on the other hand, views America as a benign actor that advances its economic and security interests. Singapore is accordingly contented to see the preponderance of American power prevail in the Asia-Pacific. Insofar as both states view their interactions and engagements to be mutually beneficial, each will find the other’s capacity to further its own economic and security objectives to likewise be in its interest.
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