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Expecting Prabowo’s expanded foreign policy priority to East Asia - Academia - The Jakarta Post

Expecting Prabowo’s expanded foreign policy priority to East Asia - Academia - The Jakarta Post
East Asia – China, Japan, and South Korea – is one of, if not the, most important centers of global economic and security gravity, amid the US’ concerted attempt to contain China’s domination in the region.

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The Jakarta Post: East Asia's role in global economic and security gravity

In a recent event at Prasetiya Mulya University’s Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), prominent Chinese scholar Chen Dongxiao emphasized the need for ASEAN to act as a "super-connector" between China and the United States in East Asia. He also suggested a tripartite alignment within ASEAN's inclusive mechanism, with the support of the US and China. Japanese diplomats were also present at the event, indicating the potential for the CEAS to become a private think tank on East Asia.

Meanwhile, Jusuf Wanandi, chair of the CEAS advisory council, proposed that the incoming Indonesian government embrace "minilateralism" in its foreign policy, focusing on collaboration with Japan, China, and South Korea. This approach is not new to ASEAN, as the bloc itself started with a small group of founding members.

The remarks of the scholars and diplomats highlight the growing importance of East Asia in global affairs, as well as the need for smaller countries to adapt to the strategies of great powers. The event at CEAS served as a platform for discussions on the evolving dynamics of the region and the role of ASEAN in shaping its future.

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