He was responding to a question on whether Southeast Asia would prefer Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to win the election.“Actually, to be frank, I don’t think Southeast Asians really care,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday. “Southeast Asians have already experienced an enormous boom in bilateral trade with China.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – SINGAPORE — The U.S. is important geopolitically, but China is the “real game” in terms of business for Southeast Asia, according to the founder of a political risk consultancy.“It’s quite clear that China matters so much more than the U.S.,” said Karim Raslan of KRA Group. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses a live video conference during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Ministerial Meeting.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images Asked what America can offer to the region, Raslan pointed to the continued inclusion of Indonesia in its Generalized System of Preferences, which waives duties on products from developing countries.He said there is “some capacity,” but that America’s investments — by Facebook into e-commerce company Bukalapak, or from Google into ride-hailing platform Gojek — have paled in comparison to China’s.“These numbers are dwarfed by the Chinese investment in nickel smelting in eastern Indonesia,” Raslan said. “As I say, billions and billions of U.S. dollars have been pumped over there.” “The U.S. is a sideshow. It’s important for geopolitics, but the real game in terms of business — and these are mercantilist nations — is China.”Raslan noted that Southeast Asia is China’s largest trading group, after surpassing both the U.S. and the European Union this year.“I think what we’ve got to bear in mind is that the perception of U.S. power, U.S. influence, has diminished enormously,” he said. I think what we’ve got to bear in mind is that the perception of U.S. power, U.S. influence, has diminished enormously.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair, who was named a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection on Monday, was voted a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Wednesday.The senior is joined by former Brewster (Mass.) Academy teammate and current Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim on the team, as well as Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early and Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, on the second team.Arizona guard Nick Johnson, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Duke forward Jabari Parker and Creighton forward Doug McDermott make up the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) first team. The USBWA does not name a third team.Fair’s selection to the USBWA All-American team comes just two days after being left off any of Sporting News’ three All-America teams. Three other ACC players, including Parker, were named to those teams. North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren and North Carolina guard Marcus Paige were the two others. Both also joined Fair on the All-ACC first team.Fair’s 16.9 points per game ranked seventh in the ACC — but outside the top 100 nationally — and his 6.2 rebounds were tied for 16th most in the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe small forward is also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which earns him recognition as a Senior All-American.The Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches will announce their All-American teams in the coming weeks. Comments Published on March 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+