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Myanmar coup will reverberate far beyond Southeast Asia

Crisis is first high stakes test for Biden's relationship with ASEAN

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A screen grab from Myanmar state television footage on Feb. 1 shows Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing reading a statement: the Tatmadaw will not want to be dependent on China.   © MRTV/Reuters

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

The shock announcement early on Monday that the Tatmadaw, the official name of Myanmar's armed forces, had detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and several other top National League for Democracy leaders and declared a state of emergency -- a coup in all but name -- is the first high stakes test of the Biden's administration's relationship with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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