Ahead of November’s summits, ASEAN will need to see progress on its Five-Point Consensus if Phnom Penh’s call for Myanmar to return to the fold can be realized.
The ASEAN chair and Cambodian PM again drew Myanmar people’s ire after saying those who objected to his efforts on behalf of the regime would ‘destroy’ their country.
Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s latest effort to prevail on Min Aung Hlaing follows condemnation of the regional bloc for its lack of progress on resolving the Myanmar crisis.
Political scientist Sophal Ear shares his views on what we can expect from ASEAN chair Hun Sen as he steers the bloc’s response to the Myanmar crisis this year.
Myanmar citizens and foreign observers fear the Cambodian prime minister’s trip will legitimize the military regime.
Hun Sen will not shy away from enhancing dialogue with Myanmar from the first day.
The ASEAN chair shrugged of criticism from those who say his scheduled visit to the country is ill advised, insisting the bloc should not shun any of its 10 members.
The current ASEAN chair holder has voiced support for keeping the regional bloc engaged with the military regime.
The Cambodian prime minister’s proposal raises questions over whether the regional bloc can maintain a unified firm stance on Min Aung Hlaing’s regime.
In his uncharacteristic recent criticism of the Myanmar junta, Cambodian strongman and new ASEAN chair Hun Sen is likely just playing ‘bad cop’ to Beijing’s ‘good cop.’
The Myanmar crisis will loom large in longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen’s third, and likely last, stint as the regional bloc’s chair.