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Thanks to the nice work, including some neat graphics, by Keith Breene, an answer can be found here.

While by no means the most sophisticated or nuanced summary, it is a good primer for those readers at the very start of their understanding.

For those readers who have moved beyond the basics and seek a deeper understanding I suggest you review and reflect on the Reuters picture of the ASEAN national leaders holding hands in the story header.

A whole universe of understanding opens up when considering the body language, alignment and personal distancing containined in that picture!