Why ASEAN will stay weak

Sep 6, 2012 Full story: globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com

Editor's Note: A Joshua Kurlantzick is a fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations and author ofA 'Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World'. This entry of Asia Unbound originally appeared here .

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United States

#1 Sep 6, 2012
Now, that dynamic has begun to shift. Many leaders in Indonesia and Singapore, the two most important ASEAN members, have started to see the downside of a weak secretariat. For these nations, one option in the face of a weak secretariat would be simply to engage with other world powers bilaterally, or through other organizations like the G-20 or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – a temptation both Indonesia and Singapore have indulged in. Yet as Indonesian diplomats have worked hard over the past three months to paper over ASEAN’s splits, and to move ASEAN nations toward a more effective common position on the South China Sea, Jakarta has increasingly realized that, instead of simply opting out of ASEAN, it can get what it wants – regional leadership – while also boosting a stronger secretariat. More than anything Secretary Clinton says, it is the decisions of the Indonesian leadership that will matter most.

WOW!, Kenapa kenapa malaysia tak disebut?
Hillary Clintun

Indonesia

#2 Sep 6, 2012
What is Malaysia?
Kerisinaga

United States

#3 Sep 6, 2012
Remember this world only for a moment.All human will die.
Dr mental

Bayan Lepas, Malaysia

#4 Sep 6, 2012
do i care? never

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