Commentary: Umesh Pandey
There was no bigger news in the world last week than the re-election of US President Barack Obama to a second term in office in what was considered one of the most hotly contested elections in the history of the nation.
The re-election of Mr Obama should be music to the ears of Asian nations from Japan to Iraq, and also great news for Asean members, whose profile has been on the rise ever since his first term when he stressed the American desire for greater engagement with the region.
Asean had been on the back burner during the previous Republican presidency. As a result, some countries cooled in their desire to be close to the world’s biggest superpower and gradually began to align themselves with the other emerging superpower, China.
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