Southeast Asia And Australia

Southeast Asia And Australia

The region stretches from the Indochinese Peninsula through the Indonesian archipelago all the way to Australia, forming the dividing line between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. This area is very diverse – geographically, culturally and historically. What the region’s countries have in common is their largest trading partner: China. Beijing’s assertive policymaking is the most important strategic issue in the region.

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Malaysian monarch Sultan Abdullah

Opinion: Malaysia’s king becomes kingmaker

On September 23, 2020, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim unexpectedly announced he had amassed a “strong, formidable and convincing majority” to replace the current prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin. Maneuvering under the cover of the worsening pandemic, the prime minister then attempted to declare emergency rule. However, his request was rejected by the king, whose assent must be sought to implement such measures. The future of Malaysia’s power balance, already fragile after a tumultuous transition earlier this year, will be determined by whether political factions turn to the parliament or the constitutional monarchy as a source of ultimate authority in the Southeast Asian country.

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