China’s Premier Li Keqiang (centre) poses for a group photo at the 22nd Asean-China Summit in Bangkok last November. Photo: AFP
Melinda Martinus
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Melinda Martinus

China can boost Asean’s smart-city dreams but, first, it needs to earn some trust in Southeast Asia

  • China has a lot to offer the ambitious Asean Smart City Network project and has pledged to share its experience and technology
  • But the rise of anti-China sentiment in Asean over South China Sea tensions and unpopular Mekong dam projects may hinder cooperation
China’s Premier Li Keqiang (centre) poses for a group photo at the 22nd Asean-China Summit in Bangkok last November. Photo: AFP
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