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After 50, Asean's greatest threat is itself, not China

9 Aug 2017 at 04:10

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This painting unveiled Monday at Manila was commissioned for the 50th anniversary of Asean, and depicts the signing of the Asean treaty at Bang Saen in 1967. From left, the ministers of the five founding nations are Philippine foreign secretary Narcio Ramos, foreign ministers Adam Malik of Indonesia and Thanat Khoman of Thailand, Malaysian deputy prime minister Abdul Razak and Singaporean foreign minister S Rajaratnam. (Pool photo)

The toasts to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (Asean) 50th birthday will continue for the rest of 2017. But the clink of champagne glasses cannot hide the fact that any spark of excitement there might have been around Asean less than two years ago -- when the Asean Community was launched -- is fast fizzling out.

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