By Invitation

Asean and Australia: From friends to partners

There are many more areas of shared interests between Asean and Australia, even if cultural differences sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

Last month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invited the leaders of Asean to attend a Special Summit in Sydney. Nine of Asean's leaders attended the summit, which was held successfully and ended with the adoption of the Sydney Declaration.

A memorandum of understanding on cooperation to combat international terrorism was signed. At the same time, an Asean-Australia Business Summit and a Conference on Counter-Terrorism were also held in Sydney.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'Asean and Australia: From friends to partners'. Print Edition | Subscribe