Faraway war drums still send tremors in SE Asia

Ambassadors from Southeast Asia gathered in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on October 19 to open a new educational facility, at the same time as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was giving an alarming speech in the city about Russian troops massing on the border.

The ASEAN Research Center, at Taras Shevchenko National University, was the intellectual reply to Kiev’s bid to boost relations with Southeast Asia. 

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s vow to increase trade with ASEAN to US$5 billion has been shelved as the world waits to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin will follow through with his threat to invade.

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