“All in all, it is incumbent on ASEAN to reach out to the United States, Japan, India, and Australia,” writes Kavi Chongkittavorn regarding US Indo-Pacific strategy.
Southeast Asian leaders will focus on trade wars, the crisis in Myanmar and security tensions in the disputed South China Sea at a summit this weekend.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she will raise human rights concerns with Myanmar and Cambodian leaders during an ASEAN summit in Sydney.
US President says “Japan has been winning” on trade and that he will push for more reciprocal trade with Washington’s close US ally - in a friendly way.
Japan says it will help the Philippines rebuild conflict-torn Marawi and other infrastructure in a deepening of ties to counter China’s regional influence.
Malaysia disavowed a statement issued by bloc chairman Philippines as misrepresenting exodus of 430,000 self-identifying ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.