ASEAN and Australia 1974 – 2024

ASEAN and Australia 1974 – 2024

By 2040, ASEAN will likely be the fourth largest economy in the world.

Home to dynamic societies, innovative economies and a large middle class. Connected to, and connecting, the wider Indo-Pacific region.

A region that is peaceful and predictable, that is governed by accepted rules and norms, where all of us can cooperate, trade and thrive.

Where a larger country does not determine the fate of a smaller country.

Where each country can pursue its own aspirations.

Where no country dominates, and no country is dominated.

A region characterised by openness and transparency.

A region with ASEAN at the centre and informed by the principles in ASEAN’s Outlook for the Indo-Pacific.×280&!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&dtd=239

That’s the future we see together.

But that won’t happen without countries working together – to seize opportunities and to deal with challenges. Just as we have done before.

Fifty years ago, Australia became ASEAN’s first dialogue partner. History shows what a good decision that was.

Australia and ASEAN are connected now in so many ways. Not just by geography. Through our economies and government ties. And by people, culture and communities.

We see ourselves as in the region and of the region.

More than a million Australians have Southeast Asian heritage, including Australia’s own Foreign Minister, Penny Wong.

We are home to more than 67,000 Australians of Cambodian heritage. They are a source of knowledge and have enriched Australian culture and society.

Education is an important part of our connection. Over the past 20 years, over half a million Southeast Asian students have studied in Australia, including more than 22,000 Cambodians.

That number grows every year. khmertimeskh

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