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The Future of Asia 2022

Malaysia's Ismail Sabri says war, friction causing 'negative ripples'

'No country' can solve climate change problem on its own

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says Southeast Asia is "one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change." (Photo by Suzu Takahashi) 

TOKYO -- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned Thursday that supply chain problems as a result of the Ukraine war and U.S.-China tensions are causing "negative ripple effects," urging countries to step up regional economic cooperation.

Ismail Sabri stressed at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference that the conflict in Europe is putting pressure on the global food supply, posing a threat especially to developing nations. "While big companies and large powers are concerned about the supply of semiconductors," he said, this is not the case "for the general people who are suffering" from rising costs and shortages of food and commodities "because of the lack of options."

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