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Towards Asia's most dangerous decade

Forget the Asian Century, the region is heading into its most dangerous decade.

A 2014 file photo showing a China Coast Guard vessel near a Vietnam Marine Guard ship in the South China Sea, about 210km off Vietnam. In some Asean countries like the Philippines and Vietnam, nationalism that used to be defined in anti-US terms now
A 2014 file photo showing a China Coast Guard vessel near a Vietnam Marine Guard ship in the South China Sea, about 210km off Vietnam. In some Asean countries like the Philippines and Vietnam, nationalism that used to be defined in anti-US terms now takes on distinctly anti-Chinese frames, says the writer.PHOTO: REUTERS

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Sometimes credited to Ernest Hemingway, those taut sentences that capture a story of despair preceded by hope have been running in my mind time and time again as I contemplate what could be the still-born reality of the Age of Asia or Asian Century.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 08, 2019, with the headline 'Towards Asia's most dangerous decade '. Subscribe