Beyond enabling regional states deal with security challenges, ASEAN and the institutions that revolve around the association serve as a platform where major powers are engaged, thereby tempering the growing strategic competition among these great powers. The Secretary made a pitch for ASEAN becoming a global player, a vision encapsulated in the theme of the Philippine chairmanship: "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World". He candidly gave the reminder for the bigger regional powers not to make ASEAN a proxy for their rivalry.
The Fullerton Forum, usually held in January and first convened in 2013, serves as the Sherpa meeting for the Shangri-la Dialogue. It serves as a platform for senior defense officials to exchange views on an array of topics.
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