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ASEAN-Russia Relations

Gennady Chufrinm Mark Hong and Teo Kah Beng

Publication Year: 2006

With the rise of India and China, the rest of Asia is feeling the great impact of socio-economic changes and challenges created by these twin engines of progress and cooperation. The question on the minds of regional analysts is: Where is Russia in the midst of these vast changes? What is its role? How and why is a great power like Russia adopting such a low profile in the region? In what ways can ASEAN engage Russia? Currently, Russia's interaction with ASEAN is limited to dialogue between both parties; trade between both sides is categorized by Russian arms sales and ASEAN raw materials. This book sets out to help explain these anomalies and puzzles, by examining the state of relations between Russia and selected individual ASEAN countries. Several interesting ideas are offered, such as a proposal for a Russia-ASEAN FTA; building tourism/business bridges through budget airlines; and proposals to strengthen and energize the ASEAN-Russia dialogue.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

This timely book is the result of a joint conference organized in March 2005 by the IMEMO (Institute of World Economy and Politics) and ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) in Singapore. With the rise of India and China, the entire Asian continent is feeling the great impact of socioeconomic...

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pp. ix-x

This conference organized by the ISEAS undoubtedly presents an important landmark in relations between academic communities of Russia and the ASEAN countries. Moreover the mere fact of holding this conference reflects a growing interest between our countries, our societies in promoting more...

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Opening Address

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pp. xi-xii

Today we launch the inaugural seminar of the IMEMO-ISEAS series, with this timely meeting, which focuses on ASEAN-Russia relations. Many great changes are underway in the Asia-Pacific, such as the recent developments in North Korea and Taiwan-China, as well as evolving trends in the trilateral...

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Opening Address

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pp. xiii-xvii

It is my great pleasure to be invited today and to be given an opportunity to address you on the occasion of a seminar jointly organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of the World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). I am not...

The Contributors

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pp. xix-xxii

PART I: Overview of ASEAN-Russia Relations

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1. ASEAN Engages Russia

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pp. 3-6

This chapter seeks to present the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ perspectives on Russia — that is, the perspectives of ASEAN as a group — within the context of the relations between Russia and, again, ASEAN as a group. I will not deal with the perspectives on or the relations with Russia of...

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2. Russian Perspectives on ASEAN

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pp. 7-14

As a Eurasian country Russia — similarly to the former Soviet Union — has strong national interests in Asia in general and in Southeast Asia in particular. They are formed not by mere geography but by a rich variety of political, economic, security, demographic, cultural and other factors. Obviously at...

PART II: Bilateral Relations

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3. Malaysia and Russia: Strengthening Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century: A Malaysian Perspective

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pp. 17-27

For bilateral Malaysia-Russia relations, the decade of the 1990s and beyond has been fundamentally different from the previous era in the light of significant global and regional developments that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union and Empire, and the end of the East-West...

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4. Indonesia-Russia Relations: The Jakarta Perspective

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pp. 28-38

Indonesia-Russia relations started since the end of World War II and early relations were poor but became close during the Sukarno period due to Jakarta’s anti-colonial stand. Nevertheless, the relations began to cool after the fall of Sukarno. They further declined during the Suharto era and continued...

PART III: Security Issues in Southeast Asia

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5. Terrorism in Southeast Asia

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pp. 41-42

Ms Sidney Jones, Southeast Director of the International Crisis Group and a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS, discussed security threats in the region, notably Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). She noted that terrorism was not viewed as the biggest threat within the region. It was not regime-threatening, although...

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6. Southeast Asian Security Challenges: A View from Russia

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pp. 43-48

In a sense, the mere diligent registration of ASEAN-related events and schemes, not to mention academic analysis, has never been such a difficult task as it is now. By the standards of the association’s recent past, the number of statements, programmes and plans generated after the outbreak of the...

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7. Security Issues in Southeast Asia: Commentary

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pp. 49-52

Dr. Victor Sumsky’s very interesting presentation raises more questions than it answers, though mostly for good reasons. Beyond the diplomatic, multilateralist and constructivist hype, Dr. Sumsky has detected a dismal picture of emerging security threats from terrorism, piracy, transnational...

PART IV: Bilateral Economic Relations

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8. Singapore-Russia Economic Relations

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pp. 55-64

IE Singapore started its office in Moscow with a local commercial secretary in 1997. Later, an honorary business advisor, Mr. Rajinder Sethi, was appointed to help IE Singapore understand the complexities of business practices in Russia, as well as to harness the opportunities that might arise....

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9. Russia-Singapore Relations: Thirty-seven Years of Cooperation and Dialogue

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pp. 65-69

Singapore and the former Soviet Union established full diplomatic relations on 1 June 1968. A joint statement described the moves as a “further step towards maintaining close and friendly relations” between both countries. Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew visited Moscow in 1962,...

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10. Rationale for a Free Trade Agreement between Russia and Singapore and Russia-ASEAN

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pp. 71-74

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are an instrument of regionalism, defined as “actions by governments to liberalize or facilitate trade on a preferential basis”. It is one of the most elementary forms of regionalism. In recent years, the scope of these FTAs has ranged from being cross-regional or even intercontinental...

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11. Russia-ASEAN: Problems and Prospects of Economic Cooperation

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pp. 75-83

To assess the prospects of economic cooperation between Russia and ASEAN, it is necessary first of all to look at the current state of economic interaction between Russia and individual members of ASEAN as well as between Russia and ASEAN as an economic entity. Even after a quick glance, it is easy to see...


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pp. 85-93

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306425
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812303592

Page Count: 93
Publication Year: 2006

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Southeast Asia -- Foreign relations -- Russia -- Congresses.
  • Russia -- Foreign relations -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • Terrorism -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • National security -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • Southeast Asia -- Foreign economic relations -- Russia -- Congresses.
  • Russia -- Foreign economic relations -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • ASEAN -- Congresses.
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