ASEAN must uphold rules-based free markets for trade and investment as a bloc in spite of potential short-term opportunistic benefits brought on by the U.S.-led trade wars

While ASEAN member states typically will respond to the United States-China trade war on the basis of individual national interests, it is also in the member states’ national interest to collectively make ASEAN economic integration and beyond more real in order to position the East Asian Region as the bedrock of future expansion and prosperity.