Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Reuters
David Arase
Opinion

Opinion

David Arase

Can Japan persuade Southeast Asia not to break the rules-based order as China dangles cash?

  • Japan needs global rules to prosper; China has shown a willingness to break them
  • Now Tokyo is stepping up engagement with Southeast Asia in an effort to ensure regional states don’t do the same

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Reuters
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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP

Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting

  • US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe will meet in Bangkok with ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc and six other countries
  • Tensions between Vietnam and China over territorial disputes rose ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, creating a potential flashpoint
Topic |   Asean

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP
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