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Top Chinese Think Tank Analyst Urges ASEAN Countries to Stay Out of U.S.-China Duel

Li Kaisheng, vice president of the influential Shanghai Institute of International Studies think tank, says ASEAN faces an existential risk if it aligns with either the U.S. or China. Image via SIIS.

Attempts to contain China’s rise would only fuel its grievances, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim warned in a recent speech in Australia.

This sentiment struck a chord with a highly-placed Chinese academic who wrote a commentary on WeChat to put his own proverbial meat on the bones of Anwar’s cryptic warning.

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