Hun Sen Adds Some Bite to Upcoming ASEAN Summits

Ukraine will be at the top of the agenda at the meetings, alongside Myanmar.

By engaging Ukraine ahead of the upcoming ASEAN and East Asian summits, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has elevated the annual event beyond the usual round of handshakes and back slapping and put Cambodia firmly under the international spotlight.

The summits, which will be followed by the G-20 meet in Bali and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok, are expected to focus on the global economy and the worst inflation in four decades.

Regional trade, post-COVID-19 recovery, and climate change will be the bread and butter issues, alongside weightier matters of state, in particular the long-running maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the question of what to do with military-ruled Myanmar.

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