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which traditionally has depended on the United States for defense and security,
is gradually tightening its economic and military links with China. It would be
premature to predict a geopolitical realignment at this stage, since the
pro-China policy trend can be reversed by the next government in Kuala Lumpur.
But the process is indicative of a generalized and growing uncertainty in Southeast
The surprise decision by former Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad to reconcile with his archrival, imprisoned opposition
leader Anwar Ibrahim, delivered a powerful jolt to Malaysian politics. The two
erstwhile foes are cementing the opposition in the hope of removing scandal-tainted
Prime Minister Najib Razak from power.
Yang Razali Kassim
Tensions across the globe have increased to a level where Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks openly of Russia’s nuclear strength. Spending on military budgets is increasing in many countries except the West. And a desperate Russia is looking for new alliances with an emerging China as the West’s sanctions begin to bite. This could lead to a new Russia-China al...
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
In spite of its many economic problems, Japan appears to have retained its ‘safe haven’ status because it has its own currency, it has low exposure to international debt and it does not have to rely on a foreign central bank. At a time when the country is at odds with its largest export market, China, over disputed islands, it appears to be turning away from its gi...
Dr. Stefan Lippert