The lurking fear that China is now hegemonic, while it remained adamant after the PCA ruling, could undermine Asean, said Professor Muhammad Abu Bakar, local expert in Asean affairs.
China deployed long-ranged missles in Woody Island in the Paracel Islands, This constitutes a threat to security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. Minh Tran Huu Duy
The Asean member states should use common economic interests to resolve the South China Sea dispute
The lurking fear that China is now hegemonic, while it remained adamant after the PCA ruling, could undermine Asean. Hence, Asean should follow steps with the Philippines and Vietnam and show public support for the PCA ruling
There should be a concerted ASEAN approach to the dispute as South China Sea is our backyard and front lawn
It is pertinent for ASEAN to remain united in upholding peace in the South China Sea. Although the long-term solution seems to be “shelving the disputes and developing the region jointly”
Asean nations must work together to avoid military conflict in this region, the ramifications of which will be disastrous and erase the decades of progress we have made in terms of economic progress
If the Asean could bring in more countries within the grouping, that is nations like East Timor and Papua New Guinea, it will consolidate its strength and this could sway China away
What affects one, affects us all. We need to come together as a regional co-operation to make a United stand against China for the common good of all countries in ASEAN
As a result, Worldfuture believes the event achieved its aims but the resolution will be sent to all parties that participated at the event, as well as the media across the Asean.