Asean stands for the Association of South East Asian Nations, which tells you whose interests it was formed to protect. Yet, Uncle Sam now wants to turn it into a spiteful China containment instrument for the benefit of the US.
Uncle Sam is now working hard to solidify the US-Japan-India anti-China war Axis, like the Germany-Italy-Japan war Axis of WWII. It is also gathering former ex-colonial masters Britain and France into the anti-China gang. The ex-colonial masters still harbour great power pretensions, and they also want to protect their "rights" to the oil riches in the South China Sea. And southern hemisphere sheriff, the great racist nation of Australia, can be counted on for any anti-China crusade.
Singapore is this year's Asean chairman, and is working hard from the inside to turn Asean into an anti-China instrument for the US. It is also working to deliver Asean as an engagement ring from the US to India.
Singapore is also the point man in Uncle Sam's campaign to oust Asean from any say in the region by renaming the Asia-Pacific into the bullshit "Indo-Pacific", to legitimize an exclusive US-India two-nation management committee for decisions impacting the bullshit "Indo-Pacific", which allegedly includes the Asia-Pacific and Asean.
The US will not go down into second place, below China, without turning the Asia-Pacific into a boiling couldron.
That is why I am very happy to see the waning of US power. I hope the process will be accelerated. There's no good reason why Asean and the Asia-Pacific should be sacrificed for a spiteful bully from the other side of the globe.