Asan Plenum

Session: Session 4 / Grand Ballroom 1
Date/Time: April 23, 2014 / 10:30-11:45

Jonathan T. Chow, University of Macau

Han Feng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Mark Manyin, Congressional Research Service
Nguyen Hung Son, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Steven Wong, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia

Panel Description
Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become a leading example of the potential that regional cooperation and integration holds. As it moves to establish the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of 2015, ASEAN is at a critical juncture. China’s insistence on bilateral talks in territorial disputes with ASEAN’s member states undermines the group’s cohesion. Meanwhile, growing China-US competition is reminiscent of past great power struggles for Southeast Asia. Will ASEAN be forced to take sides or will it pioneer the ASEAN way?