Japan and Asean: Partners for uncertain times

If confirmation was still needed of the unstable and dangerous times in which we live, then the annual gathering this month of the world's foreign policy elite at the Munich Security Conference provided it. Divisions and tensions were laid bare during fraught discussions while the conference report itself posed the stark question, unimaginable just a few years ago, of "Who will pick up the pieces of the international order?"

The principles of multilateralism and the international rules-based order that have underpinned security and economic development are under serious threat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'Japan and Asean: Partners for uncertain times'. Print Edition | Subscribe