Southeast Asia’s China reliance may upend US-EU plan for global tech standards

US-China Business Council president Craig Allen, also speaking on the panel, said the diverse priorities among Southeast Asian countries relative to the EU present another challenge as the US tries to push standards developed with some of its closest allies. “With the US and EU, [implementing common technical standards] is much easier to do because there’s one Brussels, and within IPEF there are multiple countries with multiple standards, authorities and very little coordination,” Allen said, adding that China already had a strong influence over the region when it comes to technology.