Asean leaders gather for summit in Bangkok as geopolitical waters turn choppy

Thai police officers keep watch in front of a large poster welcoming ASEAN leaders to the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 June 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGKOK - Asean leaders gather in Bangkok this weekend for their twice-yearly summit.

Normally, the first meeting of each year is a low-key affair compared to the second, which includes dialogues with leaders from the United States, China, Japan and other regional powers.

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