A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA
A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Happy birthday Asean, we have downplayed you for far too long

With so many of China’s other borders looking far less friendly, there must surely be merit in calming the South China Sea’s troubled waters.

A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA
A Filipino walks past a poster in the vicinity of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings venue in Manila. Photo: EPA
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.