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April 13, 2021 17:00 JST | China Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, bump elbows with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein during a meeting in Nanping on Apr. 1: the respect that Southeast Asian officials show China can seem like submission.
© Xinhua/AP Ben Bland is the director of the Southeast Asia program at the Lowy Institute and the author of "Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia."
Calling China's pre-COVID-19 diplomacy in Southeast Asia sharp-elbowed is something of an understatement.
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