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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar shifts ASEAN to 'a la carte' diet

Crucial week of diplomacy could determine future of the Southeast Asian bloc

Southeast Asia's top diplomats started their annual meeting on Aug. 3 in Phnom Penh.   © AP

BANGKOK -- It should be a moment of glory for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in his starring role as chair of this week's Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers' meeting and the associated ASEAN Regional Forum, a showcase of regional diplomacy involving 27 countries.

Instead, diplomatic shock waves from the visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, in defiance of China's warnings of "disastrous consequences," have overshadowed events in Phnom Penh.

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