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Discourse: After Brexit, UK seeks to become dependable ASEAN partner

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 14 2019   /  02:00 am

Simon McDonald (Courtesy of UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)Last year, the United Kingdom launched its All of Asia policy and announced that it would appoint a dedicated envoy to ASEAN, all in an effort to boost engagement with countries in Southeast Asia. The Jakarta Post’s Agnes Anya recently interviewed Simon McDonald, permanent undersecretary and head of diplomatic services at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to shed light on the UK’s advances. Here are some excerpts:

Question: The UK has painted its All of Asia approach as one that seeks to tap into the economic opportunities of a booming region, albeit in the midst of efforts to divorce itself from one of the most established group of economies, the European Union. Why should Southeast Asia, a region that is working its way toward the high multilateral standards of the EU through ASEAN, care about the UK’s fo...