Updated: 04/24/2014 21:04

Future of Southeast Asia remains unpredictable, says Brunei's Sultan

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says the future of Southeast Asia remains unpredictable. 

Speaking at the Singapore Lecture today on the Future of Asean, he said that -- in the coming decades -- the region will face different and possibly more intense challenges. 

The veteran statesman is in Singapore as part of a three-day state visit. 

During the 20-minute lecture, the Sultan expressed his concerns about trends of weakening confidence and trust, with the return of explicit major power rivalry. 

He added that historical and political divides continue to fuel nationalistic sentiments between countries and difficulties in resolving maritime disputes are also risking the region's potential.

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