Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 05:48 | SYDNEY
Friday 08 Oct 2021 | 05:48 | SYDNEY

APc morphing into the EAS?


Malcolm Cook

23 March 2010 11:23

As discussed at length on The Interpreter, Prime Minister Rudd's Asia-Pacific community idea has not found a very welcoming audience in Southeast Asia, with Singaporean voices being the most negative. In the last week, though, both Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have spoken out on the issue of the US joining the East Asia Summit. 

While he was in India, Senior Minister Goh noted that it was likely the EAS could be widened to include the US and Russia. Foreign Minister Natalegawa was even more positive, arguing that Indonesia supports the participation of the US in this year's EAS meeting in Hanoi, that Indonesia supports US membership of the EAS and that this idea supports the idea of an Asia Pacific community.