Obama Sets Asean-US Summit for Sidelines of UN Meeting

Simon Tay, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow and author of Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.

"The Obama administration has finally confirmed details for the second Asean-US summit after considerable delay," says Asia Society Associate Fellow Simon Tay, referring to the president's plans to meet leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the sidelines of this month's UN General Assembly session.

"The Obama administration has evidenced a will to engage, and this summit is a welcome sign amidst so many other demands on presidential time and attention. We have to wait to see what substance, if any, might result. For both sides at present, the keenness to meet overshadows the question of agenda and substance."

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Simon Tay will speak at Asia Society in New York on September 17.