Asean leaders pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the Asean Summit. Photo: Xinhua
Tang Siew Mun
Opinion

Opinion

Tang Siew Mun

Asean found its voice with the Indo-Pacific concept. Now it has to use it or risk losing out

  • Leaders of the 10-member bloc issued a joint Indo-Pacific vision at the Asean Summit, ensuring it has its own framework independent of major powers
  • But to navigate the changing regional order, Asean must be proactive about solidifying its centrality, rather than fixating on its traditional preoccupation of ‘regional cooperation’

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Asean leaders pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the Asean Summit. Photo: Xinhua
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