But this message would be lost if follow up actions are not in sight.For ASEAN, the Sunnylands Summit stresses the ever-growing importance of balancing its relations with major powers.S.-led initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership to take off, the next challenge, particularly for the next U. Administration, is how to build on from this and how to translate this momentum into reality.If the message of the Summit was to impress on ASEAN that the U. remains a reliable partner and is in for the long haul, it appears it had been heard well.Reports circulated before the air show that a major A380 sale would be coming.Airbus employees even filled a news conference, expecting the A380 sale, instead to find state-owned Emirates making the deal with Boeing in front of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


Thus, even in the arena of maritime cooperation, China is already making some headway as some of these military exercises have a strong maritime element.

The initiative has four pillars – business, energy, innovation and policy – covering a broad gamut of factors that could help lay the groundwork for bilateral commerce and trade.

But considering the time and difficulties it took for similar U.

On the security front, ASEAN is also facing serious challenges such as the jurisdictional disputes over South China Sea. It became a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN in 1977, earlier than China, which attained full dialogue partner status only in 1996.

The significance of ASEAN did not escape the calculus of major powers that have long courted and engaged Southeast Asian states and ASEAN as a regional organization. The US was also the first Dialogue Partner to establish a diplomatic mission and appoint a resident ambassador for ASEAN in 2010; China did the same only in 2012.

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