Indo-Pacific and the ascent of SE Asia

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The Bangkok Post

It is clear that the ongoing debate on the importance of the Indo-Pacific is all about which major powers will win the hearts and minds of Southeast Asian countries. The main target is the 10-member Asean bloc located in the centre, where two oceans, the Indian and Pacific, converge. Even though they are under the same roof and work as a family, each member still has its own dynamics and autonomy. As such, all members have made Southeast Asia a high-value strategic region, which cannot and will not easily fall to any hegemonic power. From now on, the US-China rivalry together with support of t…

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