Bilahari Kausikan, former permanent secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says Southeast Asia has been living amid great power rivalry for centuries, and U.S.-China tensions are "nothing new" for the region.
"It's usually the big shock jump that causes a lot of unhappiness on the street," an economist at Bank of America Securities told CNBC.
Mohamed Faiz Nagutha of BofA Securities says Thailand would be an exception because it has been a "big laggard" in terms of growth recovery.
A transcript of remarks from Biden and Lee's joint press conference following their meeting in Washington, as transcribed by the White House Press Office.
Heng Koon How, head of markets strategy at UOB, says the move will have little impact on Asian markets.
Timothy Moe of Goldman Sachs says monetary policy normalization and a trend toward the digital economy are among the reasons for the improved outlook for ASEAN countries.
Alexandre Tavazzi of Pictet Wealth Management says ASEAN countries are among the few areas in the world that are likely to see a higher growth rate in 2022 than 2021.
Chetan Seth of Nomura expects slower growth in returns from Asian stocks.
Devendra Joshi of HSBC discusses why he likes Indonesia, Thailand and Philippine markets.
Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Japan, Australia and Singapore, on Sunday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The United States said on Wednesday it would require senior Chinese diplomats to get State Department approval before visiting U.S. university campuses or holding cultural events with more than 50 people outside mission grounds.
Ken Wong of Eastspring Investments says Southeast Asian markets look interesting in the mid-to-long term given their low valuations and low expectations right now.
Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank says the political risks facing Thailand will compound the difficulties facing the tourism-reliant economy in a pandemic year. He warns that the Bank of Thailand's hands are tied to some extent in tackling the "very, very great challenges" facing the economy.
A "complete redistribution" of supply chains after the pandemic could benefit Southeast Asian economies, says Chris Humphrey of the EU-ASEAN Business Council. However, he warns that stalling integration would hold the region back, and urges progress on RCEP and a trade deal with Europe.
Jian Chang of Barclays Asia Pacific says medical supplies are a key factor driving the increase in China's export numbers. Jian Chang also explores the worsening U.S.-China relationship in recent weeks amid the coronavirus crisis, with the trade agreement being a key focal point.
The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asian countries and supports the livelihood of nearly 200 million people there who depend largely on farming and fishing.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) requires greater regional coordination to contain the coronavirus crisis, and particularly at cross-border points, says Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He says that actions like increased testing for infected cases and managing health care supply chains are "critical things to do at the ASEAN level."
Andrew Holland of Avendus Capital Public Markets Alternate Strategies weighs in on India opting out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He says India may have missed an opportunity in the "very short term."
Alexander Feldman of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council discusses the impact of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. He says "any free trade is good trade."
Darell Leiking, Malaysia's trade minister, discusses the progress of RCEP negotiations. He also says Malaysia and India "need each other," amid a dispute that has affected palm oil trade.