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Sanctions vs. caution: How the Ukraine war has divided Asia

Japan, Singapore take firm stands as most of ASEAN, India avoid slamming Moscow

Supporters of Ukraine protest outside the Russian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 28. Malaysia has had a muted response to the war so far.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted a firestorm of international condemnation. To varying degrees, several Asian governments have lined up behind Western efforts to sanction Moscow for its war, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

At the same time, other countries around the region -- China, India and most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -- have taken softer approaches, avoiding concrete action or explicit rebukes that could compromise strong defense and economic ties with Russia.

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