ASEAN is just 54 years old, but cracks in the regional bloc are beginning to come into public view. The biggest of the fissures is caused by Cambodia, the last Southeast Asian country to embrace the regional bloc.
On Monday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen shocked fellow Asean leaders with his announcement of wanting to work with Myanmar’s coup leader Min Aung Hlaing, who is implicated in the ethnic cleansing of his fellow men and women.
What is worse, Hun Sen thinks the junta leader has the right to attend Asean summits. “If there is a meeting, we have to invite all. If it is the meeting of the leaders, we invite a leader,” he was quoted by AFP as having said in a speech in Phnom Penh.
In full: https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2021/12/752245/nst-leader-cambodias-way