Hun Sen’s diplomatic test in Myanmar

As chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for 2022, Cambodia seems keen to lead the 10-member bloc to help tackle the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for nearly four decades through regular crackdowns on opponents and critics, has vowed to engage directly with the junta to restore peace in military-ruled Myanmar.

He made the pledge during a visit to Phnom Penh last week by Wunna Maung Lwin, the junta-appointed foreign minister, which some observers say amounted to the recognition by Cambodia of an illegitimate government.

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