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Thawing out Cold War declaration, ASEAN sets stance in great powers rivalry

Thawing out Cold War declaration, ASEAN sets stance in great powers rivalry A security officer stands guard during preparations for the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok in June 2019. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun)
Dian Septiari
Jakarta   ●   Sun, August 9, 2020

Top ASEAN diplomats reiterated the region’s neutrality in a statement on ASEAN Day on Sunday, citing a declaration made during the Cold War and warning that rising geopolitical tensions could bring “detrimental ramifications” to the region.

While it did not mention the United States or China, the statement appeared to be addressed to the two powers, whose rivalry has become increasingly tense and has had political and economic consequences in Southeast Asia, coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ASEAN statement, issued at the request of Indonesia, reaffirmed “the importance of upholding the purposes and principles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia [TAC], the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality [ZOPFAN] Declaration and the Declaration of the East Asia Summit on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations&quo...

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