Strong ASEAN-Japan Ties Important to Global Stability

Bagus BT Saragih
June 12, 2013
Jakarta Times

“Partnership between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan must be enhanced far beyond economic means in anticipation of the ASEAN Community, set to be effective in 2015, when the region is expected to play a more determinant role in global security, say analysts.

‘Over the last three decades, ASEAN-Japan cooperation has been driven primarily by economic cooperation. It now should go beyond that to become more comprehensive,’ Rizal Sukma, the executive director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told a seminar on Tuesday.”

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This article covers a seminar on ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in Southeast Asia and Regional Community Building organized by the CSIS and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) as part of a project launched in 2012.