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Indo-Pacific - a challenge to Asean's 'mousedeer diplomacy'

The term "Indo-Pacific" has increasingly become the code for confrontation or a pushback against China - but can Indonesia rescue the concept on behalf of Asean and regional inclusivity?

In the United States, Australia, Japan and India, much is being said right now about the "Indo-Pacific". Used as a strategic concept, forum or regional community, the term is often framed as a way of diluting the dominance of China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2018, with the headline 'Indo-Pacific - a challenge to Asean's 'mousedeer diplomacy''. Print Edition | Subscribe