BIZ-COLUMN-OPINION: Speaking Of Asia- Asia can help protect the multilateral order – Ravi Velloor Associate Editor

Chats with two Asian champions of multilateralism – Ban Ki-moon and Supachai Panitchpakdi – show they are less anxious about US-China tensions than the global retreat from the world order

SEOUL/HO CHI MINH CITY • Over the past 10 days I had the opportunity to spend considerable time with two Asians of wisdom and experience who once helped to run the world as we know it.

At Yonsei University in Seoul, I spent a morning with Mr Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations for a decade from January 2007. In Ho Chi Minh City, on the sidelines of the Horasis Asia conference, I buttonholed Mr Supachai Panitchpakdi, who was director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from September 2002 to September 2005 and then moved to lead the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) for eight years.



Ravi Velloor

A 35-year veteran of the trade, he has reported from across Asia, and the US. Formerly Foreign Editor and South Asia Bureau Chief of ST, he is as much at ease with global business and macro-economic issues as he is with diplomacy and international politics. A Jefferson Fellow, Ravi previously worked with Bloomberg News, Time Warner magazines and Agence France-Presse.

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