Asean will look back at the unveiling of its Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) at the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok as a moment of truth.
The 10-member regional grouping deserves credit for shedding light on its collective views on the Indo-Pacific - one of many sources of friction between the United States and China. While the AOIP broadly agrees with the propositions put forth by Australia, India, Japan and the US in viewing the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions as a seamless maritime space, it was also quick to stress that it is Asean that bridges the two entities.
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