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State of Southeast Asia Survey 2023: It Takes Three to Tango
If ASEAN can’t tango with China or the U.S., who else? Pragmatic as always, ASEAN’s favourite choices for hedging partners remain the EU and Japan but attention appears to have also fallen on India as its third choice this year, writes Sharon Seah.
Australia-ASEAN relations: Resetting the agenda between neighbours
Paying greater attention to cooperation with individual countries in Southeast Asia will assist Australia’s efforts to build relations with ASEAN, write Nurliana Kamaruddin and Imran Lum. But most importantly, Australia will need to demonstrate an independent course in its engagement with ASEAN leaders, not reiterate its position as a ‘lesser sheriff of the West’.
Embracing Vietnam’s Vision of Strategic Trust
In 2023, Australia and Vietnam mark 50 years of official diplomatic relations. Nguyen Khac Giang writes the two countries have an opportunity to take relations to another level with a broad agenda for cooperation built on Hanoi's vision of 'strategic trust'.
A Role for ASEAN in Stabilising Australia-China Relation
While signs of a thaw in relations between Australia and China are to be welcomed, Colin Heseltine writes that a lot of work remains to be done and the strength of our economic, security and people-to-people relations with the immediate region will have a key role to play.
Our signature ASEAN push – good strategy, but difficult
The headline news for Australia out of this week’s G20 in Bali was the meeting between Anthony Albanese and Xi Jinping. The prospect of repair in relations between Australia and China is an overdue development and in the interest of both sides.