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Good morning,

Welcome back to Strait Up, our weekly newsletter that makes sense of what’s going on in Southeast Asia.

Russia’s Finance Minister attends the G20 summit in Bali—what’s Russia’s role in the Asian economic order? The Philippines’ telco duopoly is showing cracks, just like newcomer DITO promised. We’re also looking at what might be a last-ditch effort for messaging app LINE to stay relevant in Indonesia.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Lede image credit: Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

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