Southeast Asia leaders kick off ASEAN summit in Cambodia

Southeast Asian leaders kicked off the ASEAN summit in the Cambodia on Friday, with Myanmar’s political crisis and the U.S.-China rivalry expected to dominate discussions.

Cambodia, this year’s chair for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is hosting the weekend summit in Phnom Penh — the group’s first in-person meeting since the Covid pandemic.

The 10-nation bloc is made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Myanmar, however, was not invited to this year’s summit, following the military coup in 2021 which saw its elected leader Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi ousted from power.

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