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Hun Sen readies ASEAN to do more of China's bidding

Cowboy diplomacy will further weaken the 10-member bloc's key principles

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Hun Sen waves from a plane before heading to Myanmar at Phnom Penh International Airport on Jan. 7: when it comes to Hun Sen's ASEAN leadership, it rhymes.   © AKP/AP

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

In his first major act as this year's chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen went to Myanmar last week to meet top junta leaders amid much fanfare.

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