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ASEAN needs to act on Mekong River
Two events happened in August that went largely unnoticed by most of the mainstream media in Southeast Asia. One was the third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting between China and the five Mekong members of ASEAN – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The other was the inaugural Mekong-US Partnership Ministerial Meeting between America and the same ASEAN countries. As Asialink Diplomacy Adviser Chen Chen Lee writes, the Mekong deserves timely and decisive attention from ASEAN, lest the region's stability and growth be challenged.
Could ASEAN move us beyond the US-China dynamic?
Must we talk only about the U.S. and China? Have other states in our region no agency? Are there no positive scenarios? Tony Milner and Astanah Abdul Aziz have identified some optimism regarding a possible regional role for ASEAN.
The Growing Risks of Strategic Miscalculation in the South China Sea
Releasing Australia’s latest strategic update, Scott Morrison warned our security outlook was infused with more dangers than at any time since the eve of World War 2. The risks are especially acute over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. In this article, former Vietnamese diplomat Nguyen Quang Dy writes that ASEAN hopes for negotiation with China, but might have to settle for military deterrence.
Perspectives: ASEAN COVID Initiatives Have Failed
COVID-19 has proven the weakness of ASEAN-led mechanisms, so it’s now time to rebuild a regional security architecture that can contain the more extreme effects of the growing US-China rivalry, writes Herman Kraft, Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines.
Perspectives: Myanmar Needs a Strong ASEAN to Fight Coronavirus
China is channeling aid to Myanmar, but the virus crisis is a chance for existing multilateral bodies within the Asia Pacific to reset and reshape the foreign policy environment, says Aung Zin Phyo Thein from the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies.