Misreading the room: Why Hun Sen is failing on Myanmar

Cambodia’s strongman thought he would have a connection with Myanmar’s army chief Min Aung Hlaing. He didn’t.

When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen became the first head of state to visit Myanmar since the military seized power in a coup last year, he seemed to think he would be able to bring the generals back into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) despite the country’s worsening humanitarian crisis.

“I am thinking whether we should keep ASEAN nine or ASEAN 10, because, in the recent ASEAN Summit, we have only nine, this is a problem,” he said ahead of the January trip.

In an unprecedented move, the group excluded Myanmar’s coup leaders from its annual summit and a special summit with China in 2021, because they failed to make progress on an ASEAN-brokered peace plan, which included an end to violence and negotiations with all parties.

In full: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/30/misreading-the-room-why-hun-sen-is-failing-on-myanmar

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