SHANGHAI — China is backing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ efforts to solve the Myanmar crisis and shoring up ties with its neighbors, in a diplomatic blitz framed by state media as “very easy” pushback against U.S. pressure.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Friday and was due to meet the Philippines’ Teodoro Locsin the same day, after successive meetings with Singapore’s Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday and Malaysia’s Hishammuddin Hussein on Thursday.
Wang this week declared Beijing’s support for a special ASEAN leaders summit on the bloc’s violence-plagued member Myanmar — an idea pushed by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Read more…..
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