Asean-Australia summit this month an opportunity to add heft to ties

Australia and Asean leaders are to meet at a special summit in Sydney later this month.

The summit, the first ever held between the two sides in Australia, is no doubt a powerful symbol of Canberra's continued commitment to the regional grouping. It also offers Australia opportunities to strengthen its security role in South-east Asia even as it highlights some of the challenges involved.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Asean-Australia summit this month an opportunity to add heft to ties'. Subscribe