ASEAN is making significant progress in deliberating over the new regional Indo-Pacific architecture, but the bigger challenge is yet to come: convincing the big powers, particularly China and the United States, to come on board.
Also, there is an unresolved issue with the term “Indo-Pacific”, with China harboring suspicions that it is part of a containment policy against its rise in the region and the world. The “Indo-Pacific Outlook” concept paper, drafted by Indonesia, provides the 10-member ASEAN the intellectual leadership to discuss the future of the wide region that is already becoming the main driving force of the global economy.
Several countries have developed their own ideas, proposals and terminology with their own perspectives. Japan has the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP) and India its Security and Growt...
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