Asean's big test as it marks another anniversary

The 10-nation grouping turns 54 tomorrow while under great pressure to prove its relevance on two key issues facing the region: Myanmar and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Myanmar protesters fleeing in Yangon when security forces cracked down in March on a demonstration against the military coup. PHOTO: AFP
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Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis in Myanmar.

Both challenges combine to present a big test for Asean.

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