The US Pursuit of ASEAN Alliance Begs The Question: Why?

The US is eyeing to form a strong collaboration in the Indo-Pacific and is committed to establishing ASEAN as the region's central power. To this end, the US established the ASEAN-US Center in Washington, DC. But, is there another hidden agenda?

Nindya Aldila

7 Sep 2023 - 19.47
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The US Pursuit of ASEAN Alliance Begs The Question: Why?

The United States Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in ASEAN–U.S. Summit in Jakarta, Wednesday (9/6/2023)./Bisnis/Credit: 2023 ASEAN Summit Media Center-Dwi Prasetya

Bisnis, JAKARTA — The US is eyeing to form a strong collaboration in the Indo-Pacific and is committed to establishing ASEAN as the region's central power. To this end, the US established the ASEAN-United States Leaders Statement on Cooperation on the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and the establishment of the ASEAN-US Center in Washington, DC.

Businesses and academia can utilize The first ASEAN-US center as agreed upon during a meeting between US Vice President Kamala Harris and ASEAN leaders on Wednesday at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) (9/6/2023).

“US-ASEAN economic cooperation represents a huge opportunity for growth ... and the defense and deterrence commitment of the United States and our security presence in the Indo-Pacific helps protect our homeland and ensure regional stability,” she said during the summit, as quoted by Channel News Asia.

In a document released by the US Mission to ASEAN on Thursday, Washington emphasized that the AOIP and the US Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS) support the principles of an open, inclusive, and rules-based region, “In which ASEAN is central, working alongside partners who share these goals.”

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