Tricky issues at Australia's first summit with Asean

For the first time, Australia will be hosting a summit with leaders from Asean, as it seeks to build closer ties with Asean nations.

The two-day summit in Sydney, starting tomorrow, is seen as a diplomatic coup for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has won praise for his efforts to focus on ties with South-east Asia, amid concerns that Australia's foreign policy is overly focused on handling relations with China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Tricky issues at Australia's first summit with Asean'. Print Edition | Subscribe