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Jakarta Post

Insight: Are we ready for Indo Pacific 2.0?

  • Dino Patti Djalal

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 25 2019   /  12:55 am

The year 2019 is poised to be a critical episode for the Indo-Pacific. This is the year when ASEAN will attempt to form a common position on the Indo-Pacific, and before that, there will also be an East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers conference in Jakarta in March.The Indo-Pacific, of course, is not a new concept. I would say that the EAS — created in 2005 and since 2011 has included the United States and Russia — is in itself a manifestation of Indo-Pacific thinking; let’s call it Indo
Pacific 1.0. But the Indo-Pacific still means different things to different countries, which attach different labels to the concept, using buzz words such as free, open, sovereign, inclusive, stable, prosperous, peaceful, cooperative and so on. In the currently evolving situation, it would perhaps be useful to not be married to particular labels as yet.There is now a new push to advance the...