Australia and S-E Asia - stronger together

Australia's Prime Minister on the forging of new and mutually beneficial bonds with the region in a time of change and challenge

Australia was one of the first countries to recognise Singapore's independence more than half a century ago. We were also one of the first to support South-east Asia to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

In the Philippines, the word is "Bayanihan". In Indonesia, people call it "Persahabatan". In Australia, we call it mateship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2021, with the headline 'Australia and S-E Asia - stronger together'. Subscribe