Myanmar Absent from ASEAN-China Summit

Myanmar’s ambassador to Beijing, the invited country representative to the ASEAN-China Special Summit on Monday, did not show up. 

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that the diplomat expected to represent Myanmar at the virtual meeting was absent. 

“There was an empty chair on Myanmar’s side, but at least there was some kind of consensus as to who will represent Myanmar,” Abdullah said, adding that by Monday, Myanmar had not given word of its attendance.

“At least there was a name,” Abdullah added.

Last month, Myanmar rejected the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) insistence that a non-political figure would represent it and boycotted the ASEAN summit.

China had lobbied ASEAN to include junta leader Min Aung Hlaing in the summit, but that met stiff opposition.

Earlier, ASEAN made an unprecedented call to exclude military chief Min Aung Hlaing for failure to take steps to solve a deadly crisis triggered by the February 1 coup he led against the elected government.

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