SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was invited by the Australian government to discuss the proposal by PM Kevin Rudd on Asia Pacific community. While details remain unclear, Tay has reflected concerns that without ASEAN centrality, the proposal would result in a directorate among select larger countries, based on power. At the Australia meeting, Tay also sharply questioned co-convenor Michael Wesley of the Lowry Institute who had said that there was a consensus on the need for a coordinating summit, describing this as a “concert of powers”. In another meeting with Ausralian and NZ think tanks held afterward in Malaysia, Tay clarified that he remains open to calls for an effective regional architecture. However, he cautioned against trying to force a centralization of all efforts and instead suggests allowing a “network” of institutions to continue and evolve over time.