Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) takes a selfie with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (left) and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo at the leaders dinner on the sidelines of the Asean-Australia Special Summit. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Is Australia set to join Asean as China’s assertiveness grows?

The blossoming relationship between Canberra and its Southeast Asian neighbours is driven by shared geopolitical fears and economic greed, Richard Heydarian writes

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Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) takes a selfie with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (left) and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo at the leaders dinner on the sidelines of the Asean-Australia Special Summit. Photo: AFP
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