Timor-Leste's recent maritime border agreement with Australia could set a precedent for Indonesia to renegotiate their agreement with Australia.
Although Vietnam and Australia both believe in the peaceful settlement of the South China Sea dispute, they are each not likely to confront their largest trading partner at sea.
The special summit is a good opportunity for both sides to deepen conversations and trust but there also needs to be constant work on these issues after it ends, without which no real progress can truly be made.
Next month, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be welcoming the 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney for a special summit.
The seemingly imminent clash of interests between China and the US in this region will undoubtedly affect ASEAN and its centrality within the geopolitical chess game.
The Paris talks proved that political success is possible, if leaders are given the right platform, if civil society mobilises behind them, and if the world acts in unison.
The Australian-led hunt – the largest in history – was suspended in January, sparking criticism from families of those on board and some experts that it was called off too soon.