Bilahari Kausikan is a former permanent secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is currently ambassador-at-large. These are his personal views.
Beijing is now in damage control mode
Southeast Asian bloc's members need to define clear parameters for what they are
Public understanding is generally superficial and based on wrong premises
Diplomacy is about doing what is practical
Outside actors have limited ability to influence the course of events
Crisis is first high stakes test for Biden's relationship with ASEAN
Bipartisan consensus toward China the enduring legacy of the last four years
Region will do well if things do not go backward
Donald Trump has done much to restore the credibility of US power
Multipolar relationships can survive rising US-China tensions
Beijing mainly cares about convincing its domestic audience, not the global one
Despite local uncertainties, the region must be bold in shaping its own future
An educated public is the best defense to Beijing's growing influence operations in Asia
While Trump and Kim warm up ties, Tokyo is left in the cold
The US maintains global role, while China struggles to project power
Countries struggle to balance group and national interests
Failure of disarmament drive puts Japan, South Korea on nuclear path too
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