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The Future of Asia 2021

US-China tension rooted in 'illusion' but Taiwan risk real: experts

Future of Asia panelists warn rivalry is here to stay with implications for all

Panelists discuss U.S.-China tensions and the risk of a conflict over Taiwan at Nikkei's Future of Asian conference on May 21. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Asia-Pacific countries hoping the U.S.-China rivalry will die down and no longer dominate the region's geopolitics are likely to be disappointed, experts suggested Friday in a panel discussion during Nikkei's Future of Asia conference.

"No country in the world really is going to be immune from the direct or the indirect effects of the U.S.-China tension moving forward," Evan Medeiros, former senior director for Asia on the U.S. National Security Council, saying the tension between the two countries is likely to intensify. "We're in a new normal. The new normal presents a different geopolitical reality than the past, and it's going to create risks and costs for others."

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