Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The "Free And Open Indo-Pacific" And Implications For Asean


by Lee, John

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #13: The

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 34 pages
Published:  2018, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814818636
SB#:  061784 (103)

About This Book

In recent times, the US, Japan and Australia have all promoted extremely similar visions of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as the central organizing concept to guide their efforts in the region. The concept is essentially a reaffirmation of the security and economic rules-based order which was cobbled together after the Second World War - especially as it relates to freedom of the regional and global commons such as sea, air and cyberspace, and the way nations conduct economic relations. ASEAN and its member states continue to delay any definitive response to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept. Although its principles are attractive to many ASEAN member states, long-held conceptions of ASEAN centrality and its meaning gives the organization apparent reason for hesitation. The reality is that while ASEAN and major member states are focused primarily on the risks of action, there are considerable risks of inaction and hesitation. The current era will either enhance or lessen the relevance of ASEAN in the eyes of these three countries in the years ahead depending on how the organisation and its key member states respond.


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