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As Asean mulls its options on Myanmar, don't lose sight of shifting military balance in the country

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre) being greeted at the Nyaung-U airport in Bagan, Myanmar, on July 2, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGKOK - Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has been shut out of Asean summits since he staged a military coup last year and declared himself prime minister.

Questions are looming larger these days over whether he will continue to be barred, or if it even matters anymore, with China's foreign minister Wang Yi giving a not-too-subtle nod to the junta with his first trip to Myanmar since the coup.

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