ASEAN balance between engagement and noninterference garners praise
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ balanced approach to the situation in Myanmar meets the principle of noninterference and is aimed at a peaceful resolution of the country’s issues, experts say.
Yang Razali Kassim, senior fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said a statement from the 10-nation bloc is the latest manifestation of its policy of constructive engagement, which means a balance between noninterference and engagement.
“ASEAN’s approach in dealing with Myanmar, or any troubled fellow member-state, has always been different from that of Western countries because of their different political cultures,” Kassim told China Daily. “While the West would take a firm interventionist stance, ASEAN’s position has always been more calculated, guided by the doctrine of noninterference.”
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