, APAC
Source: EIU

US to ‘struggle’ with Indo-Pacific strategy in 2024: EIU

This is linked to the emergence of conflict in the Middle East. 

The United States is expected to “struggle” to focus on its Indo-Pacific Strategy with the emergence of the conflict in the Middle East. 

The Indo-Pacific Strategy serves as the US’ blueprint in competing with China in Asia. While the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine did not impinge on its policy objectives in Asia, the US will have difficulty focusing on China and the rest of the region with the developments in the Middle East. 

“Besides supporting Ukraine, it now faces the risk of embroilment in a war between Israel and Hamas that could easily escalate into a regional conflict,” the EIU noted in its Asia Outlook 2024 report. 

“The supplementary budget requested in October highlighted how the US could struggle to balance foreign policy priorities: although proposed funding for Ukraine and Israel ran to US$61.4b and US$14.3b respectively, that earmarked for the entire Indo-Pacific region was just US$2b.”

 

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