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ASEAN Members Need to Look Past the Blame Game

2015-04-04 08:00:07       source:Economy Watch

April 3, 2015


"Accusations against Cambodia made following the controversial 2012 ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh fail to acknowledge the challenges that each member state faces with the rise of China.


In 2012, all eyes were on Cambodia to see how it would handle the contentious South China Sea maritime disputes between its close ally China and some ASEAN member states, namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. When ASEAN failed to issue a joint communiqué for the first time in 45 years, many were quick to point the finger at Cambodia, accusing its leaders of putting their interests ahead of ASEAN’s unity and centrality."


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