Lowy Institue, a foreign policy think tank, attributed Covid to China's weakened regional influence

Deepening security uncertainties in the Indo-Pacific, as well as China’s weakened regional power due to the Covid pandemic, present a “significant” risk of war, the Lowy Institute said in a report on Sunday.

United States allies in the region and key balancing powers - such as India - are more than ever dependent on US capacity and willingness to counter China’s rise, the Australian-based foreign policy think tank suggested.

Simultaneously, Beijing is seeking to dissuade Southeast Asian countries from joining a US coalition.
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