How Southeast Asia Is Navigating China’s Rise

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center back, attends the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ meeting on the novel coronavirus in Vientiane, Laos, Feb. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Sakchai Lalit).
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center back, attends the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ meeting on the novel coronavirus in Vientiane, Laos, Feb. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Sakchai Lalit).
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With every major religion in the world represented, and political systems that range from relatively open democracies to authoritarian one-party states, Southeast Asia is one of the most spectacularly diverse regions in the world. It stretches from the highlands of northern Myanmar to the beaches of southern Thailand and the Philippines, and includes low-income economies like Laos and Cambodia, as well as Singapore, one of the wealthiest places in the world on a per capita basis. Each of the 11 countries in this multifarious region, though, face a common foreign policy challenge: how to deal with the political and economic […]

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