The Aukus challenge to Asean

Aukus, the trilateral security pact between Australia, the UK and US, presents a reckoning moment for Asean, amplifying the pre-existing challenges and fault lines that it will have to confront in future.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a video call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and US President Joe Biden on Sept 15, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The newly established security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (Aukus) has sent shock waves across the Indo-Pacific and the trans-Atlantic.

Some Asean countries, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, are also anxious about what Aukus would mean for regional peace, stability and Asean centrality in the region. Aukus presents a reckoning moment for Asean: Its establishment amplifies the pre-existing challenges and fault lines that Asean has and will have to confront in the years to come.

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