TAKING STEPS TO TACKLE PRESSING CONCERNS
Observers consider the regional groupings can construct on their cooperation via the assembly, and set up benchmarks and dealing teams to sort out urgent points.
“With the European Union, you at all times must recognise the truth that it is an agglomeration of nations which have completely different ranges of improvement, completely different histories, languages, cultures, and even completely different pursuits,” stated Dr Dutt.
“ASEAN can also be an agglomeration of nations the place the pursuits kind of do not underline. Simply to present a parallel, ASEAN international locations are scuffling with what to do with Myanmar and its junta.”
He added that Europe, nevertheless, has expertise in slowly attending to their goals.
“They’re extra affected person, they recognise the pursuits of various international locations. That is their aggressive benefit,” he famous.
“So subsequently, in the long term, I might be optimistic that they will get to extra commerce treaties, funding treaties, (and) tackling local weather change whereas negotiating with international locations on this area.”
When requested in regards to the seemingly outcomes of the Indo-Pacific discussion board, Dr Dutt stated: “We must always not anticipate huge commerce agreements between these regional agglomerations, however kind of small steps.
“So a method to think about that is that this isn’t a dash, that this can be a marathon, and subsequently this requires long-term imaginative and prescient and long-term dedication, particularly of political capital and monetary assets.”