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2022 look ahead: ASEAN needs Indonesia more than ever

Southeast Asian bloc's members need to define clear parameters for what they are

Indonesian President Joko Widodo attends the virtual ASEAN-China leaders' summit on Nov. 22: Indonesia's commitment to a free and active foreign policy will make any posture situational and not permanent.   © Indonesian Presidential Palace/AP

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Anyone expecting a significant shift of direction in Southeast Asia in 2022 should not hold their breath.

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