30 Mar 2021
The Fix: How Australia can supercharge its digital engagement with Southeast Asia
By Huong Le Thu
Australia’s South-East Asia engagement should focus on building the region’s digital capacity. Australia has already begun to do this through various agencies, but its support is mainly delivered through aid. With the trend of cuts to aid budgets, it will be a challenge for Australia to make an impact through aid alone. Instead, Australia should adopt a comprehensive and long-term strategy that would modernise its traditional diplomacy, and would effectively support the region’s resilience to cyberattacks, address its immediate needs and invest in its growing potential. This should be a whole-of-government commitment, similar to the Pacific Step-up.
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