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Pelosi’s Taiwan visit and Myanmar dominate ASEAN summit

The execution of activists in Myanmar and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan overshadow the ASEAN foreign minister's meeting, taking place in Cambodia.

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