Victor Ha

Young Leader, Pacific Forum

Victor Ha is a Young Leader at the Pacific Forum. He holds an International Master’s in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Glasgow. He has conducted research projects at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Macquarie University, and the National University of Singapore.

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) greets Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana (right) as Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (centre) looks on at Camp Aguinaldo military in Manila on 30 July 2021. (Rolex Dela Pena/AFP)

US and Southeast Asia need to cultivate common interests and understanding

Compared to China, the Biden administration has been slow off the blocks in the game of winning friends and influencing people in Southeast Asia. It has its work cut out for it.