asean summit

By Peter Valente, Project Assistant, East-West Center in Washington. Note: this article originally appeared in the East-West
Beijing is accusing countries of interfering in its waters.
If the United States stalls on engagement and focuses primarily on aid as, the groundwork this administration has established to build ties and relationships in Myanmar would have been for nothing.
Asia has been infected by a silent, healthy virus of modernization. There is a remarkably wide and deep consensus among regional leaders that they should focus on modernization and pragmatic development. Because it is silent, the Western media has not noticed and continues to predict doom.
Leaders of the 10-nation ASEAN bloc have laid the final groundwork for the establishment of an integrated economic community