The G20 Summit Is Over. What Now?
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The G20 Summit Is Over. What Now?



14 September 2023

This week, Natalie Sambhi shares how Indonesia’s attitude toward AUKUS is changing, and we share a collection of our network members’ analysis on the G20 summit, including two APLN commentary pieces on US-China competition from last year’s G20 Summit in Bali.

We also share the latest activities from our network, including analysis on ASEAN’s approach to Myanmar’s civil conflict, Pacific Islands’ views on security, the common nuclear concerns shared by India and South Korea, and more. 

Indonesia and AUKUS: Steady Pragmatism at Work

The 2021 trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS) was initially met with little enthusiasm from Southeast Asian states. Indonesia was particularly apprehensive, signaling that it was concerned about power projection in the region and AUKUS encroaching on the responsibilities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a new APLN commentary, Natalie Sambhi examines how Indonesia’s attitude toward AUKUS has changed in the two years since its announcement and how AUKUS has impacted security considerations in the region.

Read the commentary

APLN Weighs In: 2023 G20 Summit

The 2023 G20 New Delhi Summit saw a number of important developments, including the adoption of the G20 New Delhi Leaders Declaration, President Xi Jinping’s notable absence from the summit, and new avenues for US-India cooperation.

APLN’s senior network has been hard at work providing analysis and commentary on the summit and its aftermath. We’re pleased to share it with you here. 

APLN Network Members on the 2023 G20 Summit

C. Raja Mohan argues that Delhi’s current emphasis is on building bridges between developing and developed countries, and that many in the developed world are waking up to the importance of greater cooperation between the North and the South amidst the breakdown of relations between the East and the West.

Eunjung Lim joined Arirang News to discuss the key takeaways from the G20 Summit, President Yoon’s commitments regarding Seoul’s role in building the rules-based international order, and other South Korean diplomatic engagements. 

C. Uday Bhaskar broke down the deliberations behind the G20 Delhi Declaration and says that for India, the challenge is to walk the talk for its domestic population & deliver on the human-centric objectives of the declaration. 

Neelam Deo joined CNBC TV18 to comment on the absence of Russia’s and China’s leaders from the G20 Summit and what it means for a joint statement. 

Kishore Mahbubani joined a panel on India Today alongside Ian Bremmer and Samir Saran to discuss the key takeaways from the G20 Summit, how the Delhi Declaration is being received in Taiwan, and the importance of the African Union’s new G20 membership.  

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan wrote in The Diplomat on how the G20 Summit expanded the United States’ and India’s growing partnership when it comes to critical and emerging technologies, including in space cooperation. 

Shyam Saran wrote in the Hindustan Times that the G20 summit confirmed that India, not China, will have the first-mover advantage in emerging as the leading voice for the Global South.

In this clip, Fujiwara Kiichi discussed whether the G20 was able to achieve its stated objectives and how President Xi Jinping’s absence affected the summit. The original interview was conducted in Japanese. 

Tong Zhao commented on how anti-West sentiment is rising in China in an article by Reuters. The article discussed how China’s absence from the G20 Summit was a continuation of a worrying trend in which Beijing is cutting itself off from the West and its allies. 

ICYMI: APLN commentary on the 2022 G20 Summit

President Xi Jinping’s absence from this year’s G20 summit raised many eyebrows. Some suggested that the decision not to attend was partially informed by China’s deteriorating relationships with multiple G20 attendees, including the United States. The 2022 G20 Bali Summit generated similar discussions about how such multilateral mechanisms are affected by US-China competition. Read our analysis:

Bali G20: Why Xi and Biden are Unlikely to ‘Walk and Chew Gum Together’

Hemant Adlakha discussed the tension in the US-China relationship ahead of the 2022 G20 Bali Summit and why the two were unlikely to use the forum to make amends. 

The US and China at the G20 Summit: Competition Will Dominate

Jabin T. Jacob wrote about how domestic issues in both the United States and China were holding the two back from building a better relationship. Jacob also proposed that going forward, the US would use the G20 as a means to “keep the democratic flock together.”

Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Use in Northeast Asia: Implications for Reducing Nuclear Risk

APLN member Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Director and Professor of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University, and APLN Associate Fellow Eva Lisowski were interviewed by NHK regarding the findings of the APLN-RECNA joint project on Nuclear Use Reduction in Northeast Asia. During the interview, they discussed potential situations in which nuclear weapons could be used, including in Japan, and what would happen as a result.

Watch the video (in Japanese)

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to global and regional security debates.

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ASEAN is ‘at a loss for ideas’ on how to address Myanmar crisis, says Indonesia’s ex-foreign minister

Marty Natalegawa, APLN Chair, was interviewed by CNBC, where he commented that Southeast Asian nations must adopt a cohesive position on Myanmar’s civil conflict and the ASEAN summit is a chance for leaders to “recalibrate”.

US-China Strategic Rivalry, South Korea’s Strategic Choices, and Implications for German and South Korea Cooperation

Chung-in Moon, APLN Vice Chair, wrote for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on US-China strategic rivalry, South Korea’s strategic choices, and implications for German and South Korean cooperation.

Pacific Islands’ Views of Security in an Age of Great Power

Sandra Tarte, Associate Professor and Acting Head of the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of the South Pacific, examines Pacific Islands’ views of security within the context of great power rivalry. 

Navigating the Narratives of Indo-Pacific: “Rules,” “Like-mindedness”, and “De-risking” in the Eyes of Southeast Asia

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Professor of International Relations at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), explores how Southeast Asian countries perceive the narrative framing of great power competition, focusing specifically on regional interpretations of three key concepts: rules, like-mindedness, and de-risking.

Defining ‘Responsible Behavior’ in Space Is a Growing Necessity

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy, and Technology, wrote for the Diplomat on the importance of defining ‘Responsible Behavior’ in space. This definition is crucial for maintaining space as a safe, secure, and sustainable global common, particularly in light of the recently concluded OEWG, which failed to reach a consensus.

India and South Korea: Identifying Common Nuclear Concerns and Approaches

Manpreet Sethi, APLN Senior Research Adviser, discussed the shared nuclear concerns of India and South Korea. She also explored potential cooperative positions they can adopt at bilateral, regional, and global levels to enhance their ability to address these threats..

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