No, Asean is not going to go along with the American agenda. Asean was there to talk about trade not about quarrelling with China, their Number One economic trading partner. They entertained Obama’s fanciful wet dream of hammering an agreement or joint declaration to corner China or better still a list of actions to take against China. Nothing to it. The Asean leaders would want to maintain status quo as far as issues in the South China Sea are concerned. Vietnam and Philippines tried, the western media kept painting a picture about a hostile and dangerous China culminating in a Fox News report of Chinese missiles in Yongxin Island strategically timed to psycho the Asean leaders.
No, the Asean leaders are not going to bite. They ignored all the hypes about China and refused to engage Obama in any talk on China except to repeat what they had been saying all the time, all of the same as in many Asean meetings. They wanted to continue with the adherence to the rule of law and the international order and a commitment to peaceful resolution of disputes, no arms provocation and threats of war or use of military means. The Asean leaders did not give an inch to Obama despite being holed up in the Californian desert.
Sorry Obama, you got slapped by Asean without knowing it, or knowing it but putting up a brave front that it all went the American way as orchestrated and schemed in Washington. No way.
There was no consensus or declaration to take on China in a joint US Asean anti China declaration. Asean would not be coerced or hookwinked into another Coalition of the Unwilling to fight a war against China for the Empire. The white men, oops I mean the black man, misunderstood that Asean leaders were no longer the naïve and meek ex colonial lesders of yore, to be dragged into a war they did not want and to court disaster and destruction to their economies, people and countries for the benefits of the American Empire.
Tough luck Obama. See you next time, if you come visiting as a tourist in Asean and pay homage to your childhood hometown in Indonesia.