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Scholar warns of Asean 'fracture'

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Asean could end up fractured if member nations fail to find a balance in their relations with the United States and China, an expert on Asian relations says. 

Asean members' recent dealings with the US and China could be seen as putting national interests ahead of regional interests, Prapat Thepchatree, associate professor of international relations at Thammasat University (TU), said.

Members of Asean tend to flip-flop in their support of China and the US depending on which nation wants backing at the time, he told the 4th TU-Asean Forum yesterday.

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