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.

ST ILLUSTRATION : MANNY FRANCISCO

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'. Subscribe