Rising Geopolitical Rivalry Dominates ASEAN Summits

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Concerns over the escalating geopolitical rivalry dominated weekend meetings between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and major powers, with Indonesia the new chairman of the body, ending the summit with a vow not to put the region on the frontline of a new Cold War. Let it be war.

After formally taking over the ASEAN presidency, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Sunday in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh that the bloc of ten countries must “become a peaceful region and an anchor for global stability, consistently follow international law.” enforce and may not be a power of attorney”. (for) all powers.”