Workers spray disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 22, 2020. Photo: Antara Foto via Reuters
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How the coronavirus may change the geopolitics of Southeast Asia

  • If a global recession hits, political uncertainties may be enhanced, similar to how the 1997 Asian economic crisis catalysed Suharto’s fall in Indonesia and saw the rise of Thailand’s Thaksin
  • Even if the pandemic quickly subsides, the developing fourth industrial revolution could spell doom for Southeast Asia’s supply chains, fundamentally changing Asean’s strategic environment

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Workers spray disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 22, 2020. Photo: Antara Foto via Reuters
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