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Even a loose cannon like Donald Trump cannot breathe life into an Asean meeting, which can be turgid, pompous and comatose at best. Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and...
High living costs and poor public transport are just the surface symptoms of Malaysia’s malaise, says a government doctor. The root of the disease is the separation of society into tribal silos. I am sipping tea in an eclectically decorated,...
Political researchers commonly recognise “Pax Britannica” as the defining label for the 19th century and the “American Century” for the 20th; most recently, the term “Chinese Century” has emerged to describe the 21stcentury. China’s impressive economic ascent has invariably brought...
Philippine leader's quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea. “If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businessmen...
After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. "y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started," declared US president Barack Hussein Obama...
To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues. The regional body is increasingly suffering from a ‘middle institutional trap’. The type of decision-making arrangements that enabled...
In the waning years of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was widely regarded as the world’s most successful third-world regional bloc and a role model for greater cooperation. However, the last two decades have...
This week’s summit in New Delhi brings together an age-old coalition that goes back to the Tamil Chulia Indian diaspora in Malaysia, and could serve to keep economic and geopolitical parity in Asia. As China continues its inexorable rise, global...
Malaysia’s post-independence relationship with Singapore has been volatile at most times. Bilateral relations have experienced a roller coaster ride after a painful separation in 1965 due to political differences in managing communalism. This relationship was especially cold during Dr...
As U.S.-China rivalry in the South China Sea is ringing alarm bells in littoral Southeast Asian nations, with fears rising that Donald Trump’s administration could tilt the region’s delicate balance towards conflict. China has recently expanded its strategic footprint on...

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