Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers the keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Shangri-La Dialogue: as US and China clash, is it time for Asia’s smaller nations to choose a side?

  • Many fear decoupling of American and Chinese economies will soon mean having to choose between the two powerhouses and their different sets of rules
  • Analysts point to the Maldives and the Solomon Islands as case studies in how small nations can become flashpoints for great power rivalry
Topic |   Shangri-La Dialogue

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers the keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
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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.