Asia is bracing itself for a tsunami of summit diplomacy. Much of the next fortnight will be dominated by a series of top-level meetings better known for their acronyms (APEC, EAS, ASEAN, G20) than their achievements. This is particularly true when it comes to managing hard security issues.
As twenty-one leaders gather in Beijing next week for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, eighteen leaders descend on Naypyidaw, Myanmar for the East Asia Summit and conclaves centered on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Group of 20 leaders convene in Brisbane, the biggest security challenge may be that of safeguarding the heads of government. Tangible cooperation grappling with salient security challenges will be limited and indirect, and largely left to bilateral relations.
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