Peaceful Resolution to Dispute and UNCLOS: Really, America, Really?

To be very frank, I didn’t see it coming. The fact that President Obama arranged a special summit for heads of state and government of the U.S. and ASEAN member states is unheard of, even when the U.S.-ASEAN relations is currently in its strongest ever.

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What are the Chinese’s opinion of their Southeast Asian neighbors? [Quora]

I saw this interesting question on the website Quora, and I decided to answer the question myself. Here is my take.

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Will the European Union be a Good Model for ASEAN?

The following essay is from an entry that I made for an essay-presentation competition with the above topic. Therefore, all footnotes are retained.

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and European Union (EU) are both ‘the best of both worlds’, in the same respect. Both are regional cooperation organizations, which operate in two different regions that have two very distinct characteristics. In international politics, both are often compared and contrasted for the same reason above.

By being the older – while also considering the developed vs. developing condition – one may ask, will the EU be a good model for ASEAN? Facing the same question, I’ll answer: no. And there are reasons why.

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