the ideal way to govern their countries.Lee and Mahathir maintained that i
n Asia, social order and strong governance are keys to a stable and wealthy society.
This type of governance succeeded in fostering rapid growth in Singap
ore, Malaysia, South Korea and China. Santarita said strong Asian leaders are effe
ctive because they serve their constituents and value mutual respect and discipline.
Analysts said the Asian emphasis on community and harmony can help resolve some of the world’s most pressing intern
ational issues such as territorial disputes, climate change and sustainable economic development.
Santarita cited the current dispute over the South China Sea which somet
imes strains relations between nations. He said the claimants can opt to work t
ogether to develop and share resources offered by the South China Sea’s blue economy.