Both ASEAN and the UN have come under fire from activists and rights groups for failing to do enough to resolve Myanmar’s post-coup political crisis.
The embassy did not say how long the US citizen had been detained or whether they had been charged by junta authorities.
Visiting US Secretary of State Blinken and Thai Foreign Minister Don signed a strategic alliance communique and a supply chain MoU.
Speaking after meeting anti-regime activists in Bangkok, Secretary of State Antony Blinken also said it was in China’s interest to see Myanmar return to democracy.
The US and the rest of the international community call the Myanmar regime ‘a bunch of thugs’ but they have failed to take meaningful action to punish the thugs.
World events have brought to Southeast Asia a new era of confrontation and conflict, this time led by—but not limited to—US-China geostrategic rivalry and competition.
India is threatened with being encircled by a network of China-controlled ports and Beijing’s increasingly powerful navy.
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.
Ex-US envoy Scot Marciel argues that the military has left no room for real negotiation; he also says Bangkok and Washington should cooperate to help refugees.
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.
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.
Takeshi Ebisawa and three Thais are accused of trying to sell drugs for the UWSA and acquire weapons for the group, as well as for the SSA, KNU and a Sri Lankan group.