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Vietnam’s experience, a reference point for Australia

By Huong Le Thu

Dr Le Thu discusses ASEAN and how members of ASEAN have benefited from this regional institution.

She highlights the changes that ASEAN expansion, particularly Vietnam’s accession, to the strategic importance of the organization.

The analysis timely contributes to Australia’s policy development towards its neighbourhood. Engagement with Southeast Asia is increasingly becoming the key pillar of Canberra’s foreign, economic  and defence policies.

The Australia–ASEAN summit next weekend is a singularly important opportunity for setting out joint interests on the economic dimensions of regional security and ASEAN’s role in achieving them.

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