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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
Byline: RAVI NAMBIAR ..HL: Promise and pitfalls in the Middle East ..ZO: B -All Region ..LE: 1056 ..PG: 22 ..PU: NST ..TX: Last week's Asia-Middle East Dialogue in Singapore focused on both the past and the future of relations with one of the most economically dy
Last week's Asia-Middle East Dialogue in Singapore focused on both the past and the future of relations with one of the most economically dynamic areas in the continent. RAVI NAMBIAR considers the potential.
THE Arabs are coming and Asia is getting ready. When contacts were first established 2,000 years ago with the opening of the Silk Road, trade and cultural exchanges flourished. Even in modern times, the two regions have given sympathy and support to one another in their struggles for national independence and against imperialism.
But the strong bond between the two regions over the centuries dissolved with the …