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The Future of Asia 2023

Thai deputy PM: Asia should do itself a favor, unite against war

Geopolitical tensions loom as leaders gather at Nikkei's Future of Asia forum

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Don Pramudwinai speaks at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on May 25. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- Under looming risks of military conflicts, Asia must unite and work collectively to promote peace, Thailand's deputy prime minister said on Thursday.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine "represented the most consequential modification of long-held positions in politics and society since World War II," said Don Pramudwinai, speaking at Nikkei's annual Future of Asia conference. Initiatives created after that war to maintain peace have not done so. Meanwhile, the U.S.-China rivalry has upended a unipolar world, he said.

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