NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders wrapping up a series of summits in Burma are expected to offer tepid expressions of concern about issues ranging from territorial disputes in the South China Sea to the Islamic State group and no firm recommendations.
But some experts say, it’s more than just a talk-shop. It’s a chance for political foes to sit down together in a safe atmosphere.
Millions of dollars are spent hosting Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia summits and Burma — emerging only recently from a half century of dictatorship — ran the event with military-like discipline.
Presidents and prime ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations met Wednesday and were joined Thursday by Obama and leaders from China, India, and South Korea, among others.