Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew meets Deng Xiaoping in 1978. Photo: Xinhua

Friendly panda, fiery dragon: how China and Asean fell in (and out) of love

  • Forty years since Deng Xiaoping sought inspiration in Singapore, China-Asean relations have gone full circle.
  • Ties that survived revolutionary zeal, financial crises and Tiananmen are now threatened by a curse in the South China Sea
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew meets Deng Xiaoping in 1978. Photo: Xinhua
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