People pose with the newly set up logo of ASEAN, as Indonesia officially assumes the group’s chairmanship following a ceremony in Jakarta on Jan. 29. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)
You might have thought that Myanmar or the official representatives of the generals in power had been shunned from ASEAN. But it is not really the case.
Preventing them from attending the annual ASEAN Summit is still considered the symbolic pinnacle of the bloc’s pressure on Naypyidaw, hoping stronger positions would follow. Instead, the permanent representative of Myanmar to ASEAN was allowed to cochair the 24th ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on March 17.
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While the meeting did not hit the headlines, as they often don’t with the insulated world of ASEAN affairs, it is still a reminder of a geopolitical impasse occurring in the region.
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The Jakarta Post
● Sat, March 25, 2023
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