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ASEAN's alibi diplomacy must be allowed to take effect in Myanmar

Outside actors have limited ability to influence the course of events

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A chaotic scene during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, pictured on Mar. 16: neither the U.S. nor China wants to do more than they have already done.   © Sipa/AP

Bilahari Kausikan is former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the early 1980s, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations lobbied then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan to help the two non-communist parties that made up the coalition government resisting the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia.

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