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Asean appears to be losing steam on Myanmar crisis

Asean is divided over how much pressure to exert on one of its members.PHOTO: AFP/DAWEI WATCH

BEIJING - The crisis in Myanmar was high on the agenda at the recent Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Chongqing on Monday (June 7), but the final joint statement on the issue was somewhat of an anti-climax, appearing simply to contain diplomatic niceties.

Observers noted that what was left out of the statement appears to tell a bigger story: Asean is divided over how much pressure to exert on one of its members.

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