Comments on Joel Rathus “Japan’s early moves on the East Asian Community”, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2010/03/21/japans-early-moves-on-the-east-asian-community/
I assume that the first meeting has not finished, but the second one has and got its consensus already.
It would be equally interesting to see what comes from the first meeting and what kind of consensus it may reach.
It may be expected that it would be easier to start with what those key members in common, that is, a common denominator, given the lack of progress for so long, irrespective consensus or lack of consensus, among academia or officials.
Academia may have very nice ideas, but sometimes those ideas lacks practical support, or in another word, impractical.
There seems a need for a balance between ideal and practical.