Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak attends a joint news conference last month with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not in picture) in Tokyo. A mere 10 days after concluding his visit to China, Najib was heading to Japan. Photo: Reuters

China or Japan? Why Southeast Asian states can’t afford to be loyal to only one power

Jiang Xun says Beijing should understand that its less-powerful neighbours, squeezed between two giants, are only doing what’s best for their survival, and dignity

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak attends a joint news conference last month with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not in picture) in Tokyo. A mere 10 days after concluding his visit to China, Najib was heading to Japan. Photo: Reuters
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