Singapore, November 14:
The policies of US president George W Bush and his administration have been destabilising for Asia with Washington seen as a bully, according to a poll released today of senior foreign business executives working in the region. Two-thirds of the 114 respondents polled by the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) last week said Bushâ€™s policies were not helping Asia. Only 10 per cent held a positive view. â€œPerceptions of business people in Asia toward the policies of the Bush administration in Washington are far from favorable, the bottom line is that two-thirds of the respondents felt the overall impact on Asia of US policies under president Bush has been destabilising,â€ PERC said.
â€œOne of the first concerns of people in other countries, including some of the closest allies of the US, was that Washington was becoming too much of a bully in a unipolar world,â€ the Hong Kong-based risk consultancy said. Almost 90 per cent of respondents felt Washingtonâ€™s influence in Asia was on the decline with many worried the worldâ€™s only superpower would be handicapped by its involvement in the Iraq war, PERC said. Bushâ€™s response to the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Katrina in the southern US had also left many to question if the US was a model to look up to, according to the survey. â€œThe US might li-ke to act like the worldâ€™s sole superpower, but its response to Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters have not impre-ssed anyone,â€ PERC said.