University of Indonesia
The push-and-pull between China and the US is applying more and more pressure on ASEAN neutrality. Can ASEAN maintain its centrality?
Challenges include competing interests, friction generated by US-China rivalry, and the abiding importance states place on asserting national interests over common goals.
While ASEAN welcomes great-power and partner support, member states are wary not to push Beijing too far.
Are Indonesia’s diplomats in danger of being influenced by those who shout loudest on Twitter and Facebook?
ASEAN has been put in an increasingly difficult position if it is to preserve its neutrality, assert its much-prized centrality in the region, and maintain cohesion.