Current ASEAN chair Hun Sen’s meeting with Malaysian PM Ismail in Phnom Penh follows Kuala Lumpur’s criticism of the Cambodian leader’s visit to Naypyitaw last month.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told Special Envoy Noeleen Heyzer that Thailand would not push any Myanmar refugees back across the border.
Myanmar citizens and foreign observers fear the Cambodian prime minister’s trip will legitimize the military regime.
The current ASEAN chair holder has voiced support for keeping the regional bloc engaged with the military 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.’