SINGAPORE (May 15): Growing geopolitical tensions and disrupted trade has put Southeast Asian economies in a rather difficult geo-economic position. Long having prospered by maintaining ties with both Washington and Beijing and capitalising on its strategic location on the India-China trade route, countries like Singapore have claimed the role of an “honest broker” between the great powers to stabilise potential great power rivalry. However, a more polarised US-China relationship may render this position less tenable. 

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