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China's subjugation of ASEAN is a great leap backward for Myanmar

Quad nations should consider alternatives for regional security

| Myanmar
Foreign ministers from ASEAN member countries and China gather for talks in Chongqing on June 7: the meeting illustrated how far Beijing had supplanted ASEAN centrality.   © Xinhua/AP

Jason Tower is Myanmar country director, United States Institute of Peace.

Almost as if coordinated, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations took major steps toward recognizing Myanmar's newly minted military dictatorship within a day of each other in early June.

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