People cross a street in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters
People cross a street in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters
Maria Siow
Opinion

Opinion

As I see it by Maria Siow

US needs a trade deal with Southeast Asia to counter China, not a democracy summit

  • At a time when China is determined to position itself as the dominant power in Southeast Asia, playing the democracy game is counterproductive
  • If the real purpose of the summit is to counter China’s influence, as is widely perceived, then it’s time for Washington to rival Beijing’s bid to forge strong economic links with the region

People cross a street in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters
People cross a street in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters
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