Three questions emerge from Joe Biden’s election as the 46th President of the US. What will change or not change, what to expect in key areas of geopolitics and the economy as a result and what does all this mean for Southeast Asia in particular? On balance, we believe that the changes that President Biden will bring will be largely positive for our region, both in terms of greater regional stability as well as some economic upsides.

What will change? Quite a lot. Biden is vastly different from President Donald Trump in character, experience and political instincts.

The first thing to appreciate is that Biden comes to the presidency with the best foreign policy experience of any new American president since George H.W. Bush entered the White House in 1989. Like all American Presidents, Biden will pursue American interests in a hard-headed manner but he is likely to conduct policy in a more pragmatic way, in greater concert with allies and with much greater depth of understanding of foreign policy issues than his predecessor.

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