Map of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area, Jan 2010. Wikimedia Commons

The Jakarta Post-Nov 14

This is realpolitik ASEAN has to face. Chinese Premier Li Leqiang’s presence at the summits of ASEAN leaders and their meetings with their trading partners in Singapore this week will have a decisive and direct impact on the outcomes of their annual gatherings. The premier of the world’s second-largest economy carries a strong mandate from President Xi Jinping to act as his chief negotiator at the multilateral meetings.

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First published in: The Jakarta Post