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Jakarta Post

Russia, E. Asia geopolitics and ASEAN factor

  • Victor Sumsky

Moscow   /   Sat, October 30 2010   /  11:06 am

The Russia-ASEAN summit caused mixed feelings both in Moscow and in the capitals of the Ten. Indubitably, our relations are not stagnating. Yet it is obvious that both the Russian Federation and the countries of the Association currently profit more by working with other partners.

Some people may hasten to recall that neither Russia nor ASEAN countries are up to competing with China in terms of global economy and ability to fascinate the world with its achievements. It is for this reason that both we and the people of ASEAN look up to it more often than we do with regard to each other.

After all, both Russia and ASEAN members live side by side with a country that is now assuming the role of the 21st century’s most influential power. Isn’t this reason enough for us to “compare notes”, collate our impressions, and think of what can be done jointly, especially in the a...