The Second US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting: Pitstop or Plateau?


Catharin Dalpino

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 74


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Perhaps the most significant achievement of the second US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting co-chaired by the United States and Vietnam on September 24 was that it happened at all. For several months, the timing and venue of the event were a source of debate and concern. As the 2010 chair of ASEAN, Vietnam extended an invitation to President Obama to visit Hanoi and to conduct the second US-ASEAN summit there. However, Obama's crowded Asia travel schedule this year, which includes Japan, South Korea, India, and a long-delayed visit to Indonesia, cast doubt on that prospect from the beginning. Catharin Dalpino analyzes the consequences of the second US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting to the US-ASEAN relationship.

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