OPINION | ACADEMIA- ASEAN starts its own military exercises to prove its centrality

Touchdown: A Dauphin AS 365N3+ helicopter belonging to the Indonesian Navy touches down on the deck of warship KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai-332 during the 2023 Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) in the Makassar Strait, South Sulawesi, on June 8, 2023. (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)

Gurjit Singh
The Jakarta Post
New Delhi
Wed, June 14, 2023

ASEAN is in the vortex of renewed maritime activity. After some bickering with China over the South China Sea, the bloc is now the subject of interest by friendly navies in the region.

While ASEAN remains cautious about AUKUS and is analyzing the Quad approach toward the grouping, its members are not hesitating to work with non-Chinese partners in maritime exercises.

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The June 6 trilateral coast guard exercises that the Philippines held with Japan and the United States, two members of the Quad, were unprecedented.

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