ASEAN Adopts Charter despite Differences over Myanmar

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A long-time loose group of countries focused on trade and business, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is trying to forge a common market roughly similar to the European Union. But the question of how to confront Myanmar's crackdown on democracy has left ASEAN divided. Will Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore start to take a stand on democracy, and are they turning away from the US as China booms? Donald Emmerson is director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford’s Shorenstein Center and the author of many papers and books on the region.



  • Donald Emmerson - Director of the South East Asia Forum, Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center