Ministers meeting in Phnom Penh from Wednesday are expected to lament the lack of progress made by the regime on the bloc’s Five-Point Consensus.
Also this week, the regime’s No. 2 kept a straight face while calling for a ‘free and fair’ vote, and China’s visiting top diplomat kept his distance from the junta boss.
ASEAN should lead the way on resolving the Myanmar crisis and the US should use its position as a global leader to back its efforts.
Defying junta warnings, Saifuddin Abdullah met Daw Zin Mar Aung in Washington, becoming the first minister from ASEAN to engage with the parallel government.
With ASEAN split over Myanmar, China and other issues, and the US preoccupied with Ukraine, new thinking on how to cooperate is needed on both sides.
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
US officials met the NUG’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit as the White House announced some $150 million in energy, maritime pledges for SE Asia.
A symbolically empty Myanmar chair may be presented at the US-ASEAN summit, but hollow gestures and words do nothing to help the people of the junta-ruled country.
US officials are expected to show support for democratic forces in Myanmar and tout a scaled-back trade deal for the region at the two-day ASEAN-US summit in Washington.
The Biden administration’s emphasis on the Quad has brought into question the meaning of its rhetorical support for ASEAN centrality.
The regime won’t send a nonpolitical representative to this week’s foreign ministers’ meeting in Cambodia after its top diplomat was shunned by the bloc.
The ‘indefinite’ postponement comes less than a week after Hun Sen’s visit to Myanmar, which has divided the bloc.
The Cambodia-hosted virtual gathering is the third international meeting in two months from which the regime has been shunned.
It is the second major regional summit from which Min Aung Hlaing has been shunned in two months.
ASEAN informed Beijing it would not accept the junta chief at the upcoming meeting to commemorate 30 years of ties between the country and the regional bloc.