Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been tipped as the man to revitalise a sluggish Asean. Photo: AFP

Asean’s torn over China-US struggle. Will Mahathir lead the way?

  • Asean’s confusion only adds to its long-mocked reputation for dithering and division
  • But the return of a spritely 93-year-old Malaysian iconoclast to its summit in Singapore should help to liven things up
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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been tipped as the man to revitalise a sluggish Asean. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.