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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Intrigue and betrayal: Malaysia’s power struggle
According to a power-sharing agreement drawn up ahead of the 2018 elections, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was to resign mid-term, letting his former foe-turned-ally Anwar Ibrahim take over the position. Before that could happen, an unexpected coup led to the collapse of the ruling coalition and the crowning of a new prime minister.