China's overture to cement ties with Asean
AT THE Asean Summit in Brunei this week, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang broached a new treaty of friendship and cooperation with Asean.
Together with other proposals, Mr Li said the new treaty would take China-Asean relations from a "golden decade" to a "diamond decade". The same message was conveyed by President Xi Jinping to the Indonesian Parliament on Oct 3 during his visit to Jakarta - the first such address by a foreign leader.
Charm offensive or taking Asean's bait?
THE Chinese push for a new treaty of friendship is significant, coming at a time of great flux in regional politics. If realised, it could be the icing on the cake for Beijing's push for a new phase in relations.