‘Looking East’ should not mean drifting exclusively into China’s orbit; relations with India must be cultivated, and the West cannot be ignored entirely.
At the close of the ASEAN Summit, the chairman’s statement confirmed that the bloc would continue to work with Myanmar to bring peace, stability and rule of law to Rakhine State.
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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for greater integration between Southeast Asian countries at a time when multilateralism is under threat.
The Irrawaddy speaks to veteran Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn about the key issues facing Myanmar, and its ties with Thailand, ASEAN and the West.
“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.