Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, its fourth-most populous one in general, and is on pace to become the sixth-largest economy by 2027.
South East Asia
The grand strategic goal is first and foremost to pioneer a viable alternative to the Malacca Strait, though ideally with the supplementary goal of getting China and the US to jointly cooperate on this in order to accelerate the incipient thawing of their tensions.
The primary objective of having a presence in the Indo-Pacific is to stop the rise of rival countries in the area that could harm US’ international priorities.
The U.S. is using Japan and South Korea now to ‘protect’ them against a threat from North Korea that is non-existent unless they invade it.
Modi’s decision to attend the summit in Jakarta signifies the highest importance Delhi attributes to its relations with the ASEAN region.
Indonesia is trying to balance relations with its top Chinese trade partner and its increasingly important American security one.
The Vietnam War tormented and tore the societies who saw fit to participate in it. It defined a generation culturally and politically.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Australia in order to persuade it to help the U.S. in its preparations for war against China.
The Vietnamese government has concerns about too close relations with the USA and their consequences for domestic political processes.
The leadership in Myanmar has either been talking to Suu Kyi behind the scenes or is hoping to re-engage her in a meaningful conversation.
The Korean War was a proxy war, like the US’ war in Ukraine against Russia, which is also in a stalemate insofar as the NATO failed to win.
Shoigu’s pathbreaking visit to Pyongyang has a much bigger agenda to integrate North Korea into the geoeconomics of Eurasia.