"It should not come as a surprise that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Kevin Rudd's "Asia-Pacific Community" proposal is unlikely to proceed," noted Simon Tay. "The proposed 18-nation forum had failed to garner widespread support and even attracted dismissals from some in Southeast Asia. The APC's demise can be seen as suggesting that the existing ASEAN-centric institutions are functioning properly and that they may also represent the best foundation for developing further institutional cooperation. The fading of the APC proposal as well as lack of continued demand for a new regional body both attest to the versatility of current institutions and the ASEAN-centric framework, as does the establishment of the ADMM+8 this June, which will bring together defence ministers from all of the regional powers including China, India and the USA."
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Professor Simon TAY is the Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is a faculty member of Law at the National University of Singapore, as well as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. [bio]He has released a new book on US-Asia relations, Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America, published by John Wiley and Sons. Please contact William Hatch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details or to request a review copy.
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