Lim Tai Wei

Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Lim Tai Wei is a visiting senior fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He is a historian by training and also a specialist on contemporary China and Japan. His academic research interests include energy in world history, as well as the energy and environmental histories of contemporary (1945-present day) Japan and China.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shows Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida a souvenir following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, 29 April 2022. (Muchlis Jr./Indonesia's Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters)

Kishida’s charm diplomacy in Southeast Asia: Moral suasion does the trick

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visits to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have burnished Japan’s regional credentials, particularly on contentious issues such as the war in Ukraine, the South China Sea disputes and the evolving order in the Indo-Pacific.