Asean members must take necessary steps to secure its critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure across the South-East region must be firmly under the control of respective states to avoid a takeover by outside forces as geopolitical tensions heat up in the region.

The most recent example of a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) getting dragged into ongoing great power rivalry coming under the spotlight is Cambodia over its controversial Ream Naval Base.

Ream, which lies on the northern stretch of the Gulf of Thailand and provides ready access to the South China Sea and has been made available for the use of a foreign power despite the move being in violation of Cambodia’s 1993 constitution, which prohibits the construction of foreign bases in the country.

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