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Locating Thailand in the Indo-Pacific region - Kavi Chongkittavorn

Bluntly put, there are two reasons that propel Thailand to the front of the Asean queue in endorsing the US-led Indo-Pacific region concept. First of all, Thailand does not want the Indo-Pacific to concentrate on consultations between the US, India, Japan and Australia grouping -- known as the Quadrilateral or Quad. Bangkok perceives it as an emerging broader Indo-Pacific community. Secondly, the region's stability and prosperity will depend more on inclusive security cooperation both on land and at sea

 

At the Asean-India summit last week in New Delhi, the leaders discussed maritime security cooperation at length in the Indo-Pacific region. In the Indian Ocean, as the name suggested, India has to take the lead. However, the substance was not mentioned in the Delhi Declaration, adopted late last week at the summit, due to a lack of consensus. Obviously, given the existing sensitivity and divergent views, over half the Asean members have been ambivalent toward the much hyped framework. Indeed, it is old wine in a new bottle.

 

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1404338/locating-thailand-in-the-indo-pacific-region


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