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ASEAN’s Hyper-Focus On Economic Growth Won’t Make Geopolitical Tensions Go Away

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivers an opening day address at the ASEAN summit underway in Jakarta on September 4, 2023. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship this year leans heavily towards spurring economic growth, believing that the focus on the more “neutral” subject would unite the group. 

In these economic efforts, ASEAN has been consistent in its messaging about working with all partners, because “that’s what’s gonna ensure our region will remain relevant and will continue to grow,” as what Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community told CGSP last week.

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