Missing Plane Will Haunt Malaysia's Future

The four weeks since a Beijing-bound Boeing 777 vanished have highlighted Malaysia's deepest flaws, and very few of its strengths. Here's how the government can recover.
Searchers are still looking for a missing Malaysia Airlines airplane. Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama always knew his Asia tour later this month would be fraught with political landmines. The two nations that lead off his itinerary -- U.S. allies Japan and South Korea -- have been squabbling for more than a year over World War II history. Another, the Philippines, is one of Asia's economic bright spots even as President Benigno Aquino's government is locked into a dangerous maritime territorial spat with China -- a country Obama would rather not antagonize.

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