By John Berthelsen, editor of Asia Sentinel:
Dear friend(s) of Asia Sentinel:
I am John Berthelsen, the editor of Asia Sentinel. I write to you as your colleague and friend reviewing our proud past and looking to a better future based on our common values and interests.
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