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Could China craft a new Pax Sinica?

The Belt and Road Initiative will be a test of how Asean deals with an increasingly assertive China.

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One possible scenario is that China could displace the US and craft a new Pax Sinica for Central, South and East Asia - but one which takes a benign stance, exercising more soft than hard power.

IN RECENT WEEKS REAL - or fake - news about China-United States tensions have taken on a darker, more ominous turn. There are rumblings that an escalating trade war between China and the US might tip the world including Asean, into economic recession. Even more sensational - or sensationalised...

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