A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero “fiddling while Rome burns” is displayed in a traditional carnival parade in Mainz, Germany. Photo: AP
Michael Vatikiotis
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Michael Vatikiotis

With Western democracy in retreat, Asia may have to forge its own path

  • In what used to be called ‘the free world’, advocacy of democratic freedom seems to have taken a back seat to competition for strategic primacy
  • The erosion of Western values and institutions suggests the need for safeguards and a proactive protection of Asia’s democratic gains
A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero “fiddling while Rome burns” is displayed in a traditional carnival parade in Mainz, Germany. Photo: AP
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