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Myanmar Crisis

6 ASEAN air force chiefs attend conference hosted by Myanmar

Indonesia, Malaysia and others skip meeting amid criticism of airstrikes

Air force commanders from six ASEAN countries at an annual conference on Sept. 13 in Naypyitaw. (Handout photo from Myanmar Military Information Team)

YANGON/BANGKOK -- Air force chiefs from six of ASEAN's 10 members met in Naypyitaw for an annual conference chaired this year by military-ruled Myanmar, even amid widespread condemnation of the Southeast Asian nation's airstrikes against pro-democracy forces.

Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Brunei attended Wednesday's gathering, according to Myanmar state media. Singapore and the Philippines only sent video messages, while Indonesia and Malaysia apparently chose not to participate at all.

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