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The US and its Shangri-La myths

PM Lee's keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue is a timely and important message to America as the US grows increasingly hostile to China's rise

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For many years, ever since they first started to think of China as a potential future strategic rival, America's foreign policy community members have taken the support of the rest of Asia for granted.

They have unquestioningly expected that if China ever did challenge the United States' position as the primary power in Asia, then its allies and friends in Asia would be only too eager to encourage and support the US in pushing back.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline The US and its Shangri-La myths. Subscribe