Asean foreign ministers begin annual discussions in Laos today under intense scrutiny amid rising acrimony over the South China Sea.
A key concern is whether the territorial dispute will further splinter the 10-nation bloc and undermine its relevance.
“I don’t think that Asean will somehow miraculously produce a statement on the South China Sea,” Ms Yun Sun from US-based think-tank Stimson Centre told The Sunday Times. That would be “holding the bar too high” as it would require the consensus of all members.
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