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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar conflict brings new Cold War to ASEAN's door

Mix of democracies and autocracies caught between US and China

Members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy parade in front of ASEAN flags at a 2018 event.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The recent chairman's statement by leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations contains curious language that hints at the region's entanglement in the foremost geopolitical conflict of this era.

Stressing the need for engagement in general terms, the statement said they "instructed their foreign ministers to hold their meetings with the People's Republic of China and the United States as soon as possible."

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