As the world anticipates the next United States presidential election this coming November, tension and dissatisfaction are mounting across the pacific in the region of southeast Asia.
The ongoing protests in Thailand led by youths to demand reforms to its constitution and monarchy, labor law riots that are seen too pro-business in Indonesia, political tussle within Malaysia’s government, and repercussion associated with COVID-19 are taking a toll on the region’s growth.
Touted as the important region collectively behind the traditional big players in the world, the potential of Southeast Asia remains to be tapped on. The member states are already strategically bonded with the association of southeast Asia (ASEAN) that gives a collective bargaining power when comes to the negotiation table.
And it is not surprising why China and the United States want to have this band of countries lured into their good books, as cementing a strong presence in Asia would essentially mean tapping on the next supergrowth region in years to come.
Before that can be achieved, the internal turmoil happening around the member states need to be addressed promptly and adequately, as it is vital for each state to be politically stable and charge towards a common goal in order to realize the full prospects of ASEAN.