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ASEAN's moral leadership amid democratic decline

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 12, 2018   /  09:20 am
ASEAN's moral leadership amid democratic decline President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his counterpart Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speak after an event on Feb. 26, 2017. (Courtesy of/The Presidential Office )

This weekend the 10 leaders of ASEAN will gather in Sydney for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. A first for Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s effort has been hailed as a diplomatic coup, providing an unprecedented opportunity to advance Australia’s commitment to the regional grouping and to underline its status as ASEAN’s oldest dialogue partner. 

While PM Turnbull will want the focus of the special summit to be on the wider picture, namely strengthening Canberra’s strategic partnership with ASEAN and delivering tangible economic and security benefits to Australia and ASEAN, the event threatens to be overshadowed by issues unrelated to the ASEAN-Australia relationship. 

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