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Countering China's rising influence

In some of South-east Asia's largest democracies, citizens have started to become acutely aware of the risk of China using money politics to curry favour with local elites.

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Beijing has offered constant assurances to its neighbours it will not resort to military force to back its claims even though it has continued to expand its territory by building a series of artificial islands in the South China Sea.

EARLIER this month, at the US-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a commitment for US government investments in the region. Touted under the grandiloquent name of America's Indo-Pacific Economic Vision, it is the economic pillar of a larger...

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