US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters

Letters | An assertive China and a shaky US alliance in Asia bring the world closer to Cold War 2.0

  • While the US has a de facto alliance with Asean, Japan and South Korea, there are disputes between nations in the region and economic ties to China
  • These pose a challenge to putting up a united front. Meanwhile, China is extending its economic and military reach

Topic |   US-China relations
US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump (centre) is surprised by the traditional Asean handshake at the Asean summit in Manila, Philippines, in 2017. Photo: Reuters
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