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Singapore 'holds back' adoption of ASEAN Indo-Pacific concept

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 17, 2019   /  01:44 pm
Singapore 'holds back' adoption of ASEAN Indo-Pacific concept Catching up with the neighbors: The leaders of ASEAN member states, (from left) Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN summit in Singapore on Nov. 13, 2018. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

The planned conclusion and adoption of an ASEAN Indo-Pacific perspective in the upcoming ASEAN Summit this month might be delayed because Singapore has yet to endorse it, a diplomat familiar with the issue has said. The ASEAN Indo-Pacific concept, which has been under discussion for more than a year, is being developed with the aim of uniting ASEAN to become an active part of an inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Concerns have been growing in Southeast Asia that the absence of a unified ASEAN voice would allow for more great-power rivalry, particularly between the United States and China, in the region. The ASEAN Indo-Pacific concept paper, which was agreed upon by senior officials in a meeting in Chiang Rai, Thailand in March, had been endorsed by all member countries except Singapore, which consequently would possibly postpone the planned adoption of the concept at the summit, the...



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