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Myanmar's junta takes ASEAN for a ride

Southeast Asian bloc in danger of whitewashing a heinous regime

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Southeast Asian leaders meet in Jakarta on Apr. 24: ASEAN's declining democratic standards bode ill for regional unity.   © Indonesian Presidential Palace/Reuters

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is a professor and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of political science in Bangkok.

ASEAN's desperate and overdue "special" summit in Jakarta nearly three months -- and over 730 civilian deaths -- since Myanmar's Feb. 1 coup has predictably yielded the lowest-hanging fruit from an already tall and growing tree.

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