Putin’s return helps focus on Asean

Putin’s return helps focus on Asean.

Putin will have a strong message for the leaders from Asean, ASEM and APEC that Russia is here to stay. Like the US, Russia considered itself as a Asia-Pacific power with its own version of pivot on Asia. Putin knows Russia needs to be prudent in redistributing its powers and influence beyond its immediate neighboring countries, especially in the region it once reigned supreme.

(In this column on 7 May, I mistook the Phillippines as the coordinator of Asean-China ties (2009-2012), it should be Vietnam. I apologise).

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