Northeast Asian Countries Could Learn From Southeast Asian Diplomacy

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Diplomatic activities and discourse in Southeast Asia are popularly described as the “ASEAN Way.” What this amounts to is an informal, loose, and non-legalistic process of conducting regional relations among the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. That the bilateral conflicts among ASEAN members have not spilled over and affected regional relations serves as a significant testament to the diplomatic maturity of member states in ASEAN. In the words of former Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, Mokhtar Selat: “What is bilateral should be kept bilateral. What is regional should be regional. ASEAN works on this basis. And […]

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