United Southeast Asian front against China unlikely | East Asia Forum

There are good reasons why an anti-China front within ASEAN is unlikely to materialise. These nations all want China’s continued economic largesse and have political and military reasons for not wanting to fall out of favour with China. — Read on http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/02/29/united-southeast-asian-front-against-china-unlikely/

Lessons from ASEAN’s Rakhine response | East Asia Forum

As per the ‘One ASEAN, One Response’ declaration, ASEAN member states no longer treat humanitarian crises as national emergencies but as collective region-wide challenges. Accordingly, they have introduced regional disaster prevention and relief mechanisms, the most prominent of which is the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). — Read on [...]

ASEAN together can make a high mountain – Opinion – The Jakarta Post

ASEAN and China will perhaps begin their second reading of the draft text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in the foreseeable future. While the international community looks forward to the smooth conclusion of this Code of Conduct, it might be a test-bed for ASEAN’s pledge of “Cohesive ASEAN”. The challenge [...]

China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games – The Globalist

Indonesia’s engagement in pushing back against China’s maritime claims is a significant point of departure for the country. All the more so as it had long avoided the sea issue because it had no island disputes with China. But by pushing its fishing boats so far from its shores, China has aroused the political will [...]

Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical Analysis

http://www.youtube.com/watch The Belt and Road initiative is a convergence of China's New Silk Road project to create land routes through Central Asia, linking Eurasia and Europe, with the New Maritime Silk Road initiative to build a network of ports and logistics in the Indian Ocean region. This presentation analyses the geopolitics of the Belt and [...]

India keen on ASEAN playing key role in emerging Indo-Pacific: Jaishankar

 India has said that it wants to see a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN playing a central role in the emerging dynamic of the Indo-Pacific as it contributes to the country’s prosperity and security as well. Addressing foreign ministers of the ASEAN member states here in the Thai — Read on http://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/india/india-keen-on-asean-playing-key-role-in-emerging-indo-pacific--jaishankar.html

US, India, Japan, Australia for ASEAN-led mechanism to promote rules-based order in Indo-Pacific | World News, The Indian Express

China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. — Read on indianexpress.com/article/world/us-india-japan-australia-for-asean-led-mechanism-to-promote-rules-based-order-in-indo-pacific-5760188/

The New Great Game in the Indian Ocean

http://www.youtube.com/watch The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean, its littoral countries are home to almost half the world’s population. two-thirds of the world’s trade passes through the Indian Ocean, including most of its oil supplies. It is no surprise then that the Indian Ocean is fast emerging as the world’s most actively contested geopolitical [...]