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Jakarta Post

SE Asia's political clout grows with the rise of China and India

  • Lilian Budianto,

    The Jakarta Post,

Bangkok, S'pore   /   Tue, February 24 2009   /  01:02 pm

Southeast Asia's political leverage on the global stage is on the rise thanks to its ability to keep the big powers' interests in the region in balance, but officials and experts warn of greater challenges in the future amid the current global woes. Southeast Asia has played a pivotal role in creating regional political stability in Asia amid the rise of China and India in the continent that has seen economic domination by Japan for decades. ASEAN leaders have managed to bring Japan, China and South Korea under one umbrella - the ASEAN +3, after decades of prolonged hostility among the three. India, Australia and New Zealand later joined the ASEAN +3 to form the East Asian Summit. With its success in balancing between Japan, China, South Korea and India, ASEAN now has to defend its leverage on the global stage and prove its ability to manage the imminent de...