At present, developed nations have been actively participating in the affairs of Southeast Asian nations. What do you think is the reason behind this?
The escalating involvement in Southeast Asia by the developed nations is driven by the logic of the domino theory, which contends that the falling of one country to communism would result in other surrounding countries succumbing to communism, much as one toppled domino will take down others in a row.
Another important issue facing ASEAN in the present is the interplay between internal stability and regional resilience. A number of ASEAN members face impending transitions in their leaderships and political systems therefore the need for involvement by the developing nations.