'Can the United States Maintain Primacy in Asia?' - Talk and Discussion at the German Marshall Fund

Washington DC , USA

12:30–2:00 pm: The German Marshall Fund of the United States, 1744 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009

On behalf of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), please join us for a lunch discussion with Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm on October 3rd.

Jacques’ presentation on whether the United States will maintain its primacy in Asia will be followed by a response by Daniel Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia at GMF. The discussion will be moderated by Enders Wimbush, GMF’s Senior Director for Foreign Policy and Civil Society.

Washington’s efforts at retaining its presence in East Asia through the so-called “pivot” defy the perceived decline of American primacy in the region. The United States’ continuing strength in the region is manifested by the consolidation of its relations with its Asian allies, especially Australia, Japan and South Korea, and its involvement in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. However, Jacques argues that this does very little to address the United States’ waning economic power in the Asia-Pacific region, as measured by regional trade and capital flows. Jacques contends that if the ultimate goal of the rebalancing to Asia is to maintain U.S. primacy, it is doomed to fail.