The danger Cold War 2.0 poses to Asean and Indonesia

The meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump at the recent Group of 20 summit may have produced a truce in the trade war between their countries. But a truce by its very nature is a temporary suspension of hostilities. A new Cold War remains a distinct possibility, and that is a matter that should deeply worry other nations.

Along with other members of Asean, Indonesia stands to lose from any escalation of this great power contest.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'The danger Cold War 2.0 poses to Asean and Indonesia '. Print Edition | Subscribe