We are living in what's already been dubbed the Asian Century. But, as economic power shifts eastwards, Asian nations are faced with new strategic challenges.
Surin Pitsuwan is the Secretary General of Asean, the group of south east Asian nations which talks of EU style integration.
He says "no election is perfect", but insists that Burma's upcoming election signifies "a new beginning". The rhetoric is ambitious but what about the reality?
Watch the full interview on the BBC News Channel on Wednesday 24th February 2010 at 04:30 and 23:30 GMT.
And on BBC World News at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30, 21:30 GMT.