Visitors watch a mother and daughter pair of pandas play at the Malaysian zoo in Kuala Lumpur. The pandas are on loan from China to celebrate bilateral ties. Photo: EPA

A rising China is good news for ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia – up to a point

N. Balakrishnan says the Chinese diaspora may enjoy the cultural pride and economic opportunities that come with a stronger China, but no one wants it as a competitor

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Visitors watch a mother and daughter pair of pandas play at the Malaysian zoo in Kuala Lumpur. The pandas are on loan from China to celebrate bilateral ties. Photo: EPA
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N. Balakrishnan

N. Balakrishnan

N. Balakrishnan is an entrepreneur and social commentator based in Hong Kong. He was born in India, grew up in Malaysia and educated in the US. www.coolinvestor.biz