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Mission: Impossible - Fallout and the Indo-Pacific

Strategic equations are changing, and popular culture is reflecting it.

Two decades is a relatively short time in history but in foreign policy - and the movies - it could sometimes be an age.

When the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies was released in 1997, Michelle Yeoh was cast as the attractive Chinese spy Wai Lin who works with Pierce Brosnan's Bond to save the world. Their common enemy: a mad media mogul intent on starting a war between China and the West.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2018, with the headline 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout and the Indo-Pacific'. Print Edition | Subscribe