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ASEAN at crossroads: NAM has no alternative

  • Anis H. Bajrektarević

    Vienna

Vienna   /   Fri, October 23 2020   /  01:00 am
Meeting of minds: Leaders of ASEAN and its strategic partners attend a live video conference for the special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Summit on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hosted by Vietnam on April 14. (Royal Thai government/AFP)

As the present world order weakens, the mega confrontations have appeared more likely: On its post-Soviet revival quest, Russia becomes increasingly assertive in Euro-Mediterranean theatre and beyond. The Sino-American relations are increasingly adversarial, with escalating frictions over trade, advanced technology, human rights, and global strategic influence.   Currently, both sides – as president of the United States Council of Foreign Relations Richard Haass states “are developing scenarios for a possible war”. The two countries rhetoric has grown so hostile that its speed and severity is unprecedented for the post WWII period, rather belonging to the forgotten vocabulary of 1910s and 1930s.  (E.g. referring to China as “country of kung flu” or to the US as “trigger happy nation”, calling the COVID-19 “China virus&rdq...