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ASEAN and China need to put aside disputes, promote economic cooperation. It seems that China's relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are likely to be back on track after difficulties triggered by the South China Sea issue. Ahead of the ASEAN summit and its related meetings, which kicks off in Vientiane, Laos today, media reports said the ASEAN chairman's statement at the summit may not mention the South China Sea arbitration which cast a shadow over the region in the past weeks. Additionally, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently was reported to have said that he would also not be mentioning the nation's dispute with China on the South China Sea issue at the summit.

This should create a good atmosphere when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and ASEAN leaders meet. After political disputes and rising nationalist sentiment, it is time for China and the ASEAN countries to again focus on promoting economic development. The Asian-Pacific region is a charged area, as conflicts between emerging and traditional powers are inevitable. ASEAN Summit May Bow to Chinese Pressure on South China Sea. VIENTIANE, Laos — Southeast Asian leaders are likely to avoid any official mention at a summit this week of an arbitration ruling that shot down China's expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea, according to a draft of their final declaration, in a victory for Beijing's diplomatic clout. But the draft also expresses strongly stated concern about Beijing's construction of man-made islands in the South China Sea, which Southeast Asian countries fear could destabilize the region. The draft, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, is being fine-tuned by officials for the leaders to approve ahead of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that begins Tuesday in the Laotian capital.

The final version is to be released Thursday, but most major points including those concerning the South China Sea are expected to remain largely unchanged. "This is very worrisome because it's ours," Lorenzana told reporters in Vientiane. Continue reading the main story. Unity, economic growth and terrorism: 3 challenges facing ASEAN, says PM Lee. VIENTIANE, Laos: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) faces three challenges, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted on Wednesday (Sep 7). One of these is maintaining the regional bloc's unity and credibility, and the South China Sea issue has become a "barometer of ASEAN's unity and credibility", Mr Lee said on the second day of the ASEAN Summit.

ASEAN member states like Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam are currently in dispute with China over the South China Sea while non-claimants like the US want the territory to remain as international waters. Singapore has no claim to the waters, and Mr Lee had said in his National Day Rally speech in August that the Republic would not "take sides" but instead support a “rules-based international order”.

"It is understandable that we have different positions on this issue ... "These should help build momentum to make progress on a binding Code of Conduct on the South China Sea," he stated. Why ASEAN Is Here to Stay and What That Means for the US. As U.S. President Barack Obama departs for Asia to attend his final ASEAN-led East Asia Summit (EAS) in Vientiane, Laos, as well as the G20 in China, it is a good time to take stock of ASEAN’s imperfections, ability to endure, and utility to the United States. Especially in the United States, commentary has concentrated on ASEAN’s inability to forge consensus on the South China Sea (SCS).

The more puzzling question, however, is why observers should expect ten disparate countries with widely divergent interests on the SCS to have a unified position. We need to avoid “ASEANology” (the parsing of each ASEAN gathering’s developments and communiqués regarding the SCS) and focus more on ASEAN’s fundamental shortcomings, how it is likely to endure despite them, and its utility to U.S. interests in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific.

Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month. ASEAN faces numerous fundamental challenges. Going beyond the economy in the ASEAN community - The Jakarta Post. The ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) was first proposed by Indonesia in 2003 to balance the Singapore-proposed ASEAN Economic Community. However, it remains lagged more than a decade later as it still struggles to achieve any balance. APSC becomes the main topic for a panel consisting of three experts from three different ASEAN member states, in a discussion being held on Thursday to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Centre of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Singapore Institute of International Affairs chairman Simon Tay chairs the discussion between former Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda and founding president of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies Philippines Carolina Hernandez.

CSIS executive director Philips J. The regional grouping has had a significant role since its inception in 1967 and is praised by many as one of the most successful regional groupings for its ability to maintain peace in Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s evolving role in ASEAN: From adjusting to advocating | Brookings Institution. ASEAN’s repetitive failure in the South China Sea matters The controversial China-ASEAN Summit in Kunming on June 16th cast a shadow on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) unity, centrality, and relevance.

This is not the first time that this group of 10 has been tested in its interaction with China. From the ‘signature’ failure of the 2012 Cambodian chairmanship of ASEAN to the more recent four-point consensus, in all of those cases, the South China Sea disputes were the key point of pressure, whether mentioned or explicitly omitted. While there is a growing tendency to criticize and even discredit ASEAN as a whole, I argue that there is a need to have a more granular look at the intra-ASEAN dynamics. There are a number of reasons why at this junction of time, Vietnam’s position has become more critical. As the region’s geopolitics shift, the Vietnamese role in determining the security play-out in the South China Sea is growing. Hanoi’s strategic imperatives. Is It Time for a Peacekeeping Force for ASEAN? - The Asia Foundation.

This decade marks a radical shift in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states’ attitudes toward its role in the region. The idea of an ASEAN regional peacekeeping cooperation was first raised in 1994, but never gained traction among member states. The perception was that ASEAN did not interfere in domestic affairs of its member countries. Sub-national conflicts in countries like Thailand are raising concerns about the spillover potential to other countries, and the need for a common peacekeeping for for the region.

Fast forward two decades, in the lead up to the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015, and the picture is a very different one. ASEAN’s changing attitudes toward a common peacekeeping force States initially opposed the idea of an ASEAN peacekeeping force because of their shared history of colonization (with the exception of Thailand), followed by bloody and protracted independence wars. Other countries joined the chorus of skepticism. South China Sea crisis presents opportunity for ASEAN-China: PM Lee. VIENTIANE, Laos: The strained relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China due to South China Sea disputes can be harnessed into continued economic growth, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Sep 7). ASEAN members like the Philippines and Vietnam are currently in dispute with China over claims to parts of the South China Sea.

Speaking at the ASEAN-China Summit to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the two parties' dialogue relations, Mr Lee reminded those in attendance - including China Premier Li Keqiang, whom he met on Wednesday - that "even in the strongest of relationships, issues will arise from time to time". "One such issue is the South China Sea. However, every crisis presents an opportunity," said Mr Lee. "This issue can be turned to our advantage in pursuit of the common goal of regional peace and stability, which are essential prerequisites for continued economic growth. " Why does Asean pretend to be united when it’s not? Southeast Asian leaders divided over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea will seek to paper over frayed ties and present a united front at a summit with world powers in Laos next week, observers say. China’s Premier Li Keqiang (李克強), Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are among delegates due to join US President Barack Obama for his swansong in Asia at the three-day Asean summit starting on Tuesday.

The summit will be US President Barack Obama’s swansong in Asia. Photo: AFP The meeting of the leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its global partners at the “East Asia Summit” follows the G20 summit in Hangzhou ( 杭州 ) on Sunday and Monday. The Asean summit, the first to be held in Vientiane for 12 years, takes place amid disarray over members’ opposing stances on China’s claim to virtually all of the South China Sea.

Thitinan said Obama would use the platform to emphasise his rebalancing initiative to Asia.