Topic of Discussion: A Rising Asia and the US Presidential Race

Candidates pose for a group photo before the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the transcript from yesterday's Republican Debate on CNN, the word "Asia" was uttered once and "China" or "Chinese" only came up twice. Perhaps this is understandable given the myriad domestic issues the United States is facing, but Asia's rise would surely be a major issue for any of these candidates should they happen to defeat Barack Obama in the 2012 general election.

We'd like to hear from you, our readers, on this issue, so we've made it this month's Topic of Discussion. The question is simple:

What role do you believe Asia's rise should play in the upcoming U.S. presidential race and election? And how would you like to see the candidates address this issue? What will you be looking for?

Please add your voice with a comment below, or join the discussion on Twitter or Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Dan Washburn is Asia Society's Chief Content Officer. The Financial Times named his book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, one of the best of 2014.