Bilahari Kausikan

Bilahari Kausikan

Bilahari Kausikan is the former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Foreign Ministry.

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Opinion | Southeast Asia’s complex dance with China, US explored in new book

David Shambaugh’s ‘Where Great Powers Meet’ offers a nuanced look at how Asean states balance their ties with Beijing and Washington, Bilahari Kausikan says in this book review.

David Shambaugh’s ‘Where Great Powers Meet’ offers a nuanced look at how Asean states balance their ties with Beijing and Washington, Bilahari Kausikan says in this book review.

3 Jan 2021 - 11:05AM
Asian Angle | Why Asean should treat the Mekong like the South China Sea

‘If China holds the throats of half of Asean in its hands, the bloc’s ‘centrality’ – already questioned – is precarious’.

‘If China holds the throats of half of Asean in its hands, the bloc’s ‘centrality’ – already questioned – is precarious’.

17 Jul 2020 - 11:54AM
Opinion | For China and the US, a new Cold War or a not new Cold War?

US-China strategic rivalry is unlikely to have as clear-cut an end as US-Soviet competition. It’s more plausible to imagine them stumbling into the future locked in an uneasy embrace.

US-China strategic rivalry is unlikely to have as clear-cut an end as US-Soviet competition. It’s more plausible to imagine them stumbling into the future locked in an uneasy embrace.

1 Jul 2020 - 2:38PM
Opinion | China’s zealous ‘Wolf Warrior’ diplomacy highlights both Beijing’s power and insecurity

This new generation of diplomats believe China’s time is now, but as they try to please their boss, they should not add to the country’s external uncertainties.

This new generation of diplomats believe China’s time is now, but as they try to please their boss, they should not add to the country’s external uncertainties.

4 Jun 2020 - 5:50AM
Opinion | How the coronavirus may change the geopolitics of Southeast Asia

If a global recession hits, political uncertainties may be enhanced, similar to how the 1997 Asian economic crisis catalysed Suharto’s fall in Indonesia and saw the rise of Thailand’s Thaksin.

If a global recession hits, political uncertainties may be enhanced, similar to how the 1997 Asian economic crisis catalysed Suharto’s fall in Indonesia and saw the rise of Thailand’s Thaksin.

23 Mar 2020 - 6:07PM
Opinion | The coronavirus was unexpected – but Xi, the US trade war and Hong Kong are China’s black swans too

As the Communist Party realises reforms will be a substantial undertaking, its current uncertainty is a breeding ground for unanticipated events.

As the Communist Party realises reforms will be a substantial undertaking, its current uncertainty is a breeding ground for unanticipated events.

26 Feb 2020 - 3:28PM
Opinion | Harsh truths for Hong Kong: extradition bill protests will not achieve anything

Beijing will never tolerate any action that undermines national unity and the extradition bill merely formalises ‘one country, two systems’, says retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan.

Beijing will never tolerate any action that undermines national unity and the extradition bill merely formalises ‘one country, two systems’, says retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan.

11 Jul 2019 - 3:40AM
What would China do if North Korea and the United States go to war?

Singapore’s ambassador at large Bilahari Kausikan gives his views on the North Korean nuclear crisis, the rise of China and the potential for conflict between Beijing and New Delhi

Singapore’s ambassador at large Bilahari Kausikan gives his views on the North Korean nuclear crisis, the rise of China and the potential for conflict between Beijing and New Delhi

15 Sep 2017 - 4:25PM
13 Nov 2016 - 12:02PM
Hong Kong umbrellas, Chinese Maoism, Trump, Duterte and Brexit: what’s the link?

Why the global order is becoming ever more uncertain

Why the global order is becoming ever more uncertain

8 Nov 2016 - 4:36PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM