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ASEAN summit underscores dearth of leadership

Not-so-golden anniversary sees members treat China with kid gloves

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has half a century under its belt.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations observed its 50th anniversary with a summit that failed to yield a united front against Beijing on the South China Sea territorial disputes, a comedown for an organization once steered by strong figures.

Dialing back the rhetoric

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