(Left-right) Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, President Joko “Jokowi“ Widodo, Laos’ Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei’s Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s President Hun Sen, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and East Timor’s Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak pose for family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Labuan Bajo on May 10, 2023. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)
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With last week’s ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, failing to produce detailed, practical plans to address the region’s most pressing issues, foreign policy analysts are calling on Indonesia to act more independently of a bloc they say is all but immobilized and may be headed for “self-destruction”.
The experts also said Jakarta, widely considered to be ASEAN’s natural leader, has been held back this year by the bloc’s divided voice on urgent matters.
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Indonesia has been under pressure as this year’s chair of the bloc to deliver on troubles looming large both within the region’s borders and beyond them, including the increasingly tense rivalry between Washington and Beijing and the Myanmar crisis, which has laid bare some of the group’s most critical weaknesses: excessive bureaucracy and rigidness.
Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)
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