Asean must up its game: Marty

Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa believes that “a passive, or at best reactive, Asean... is guaranteed to be an irrelevant Asean”.
Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa believes that “a passive, or at best reactive, Asean... is guaranteed to be an irrelevant Asean”. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Indonesia's former top diplomat Marty Natalegawa is more than a little concerned that the recent adoption of the term Indo-Pacific - which he spoke about widely five years ago - has now morphed into a concept that could undermine Asean's very role in the region.

Back then, on a visit to Washington, he had proposed an "Indo-Pacific-wide treaty of friendship and cooperation".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'Asean must up its game: Marty'. Print Edition | Subscribe