Myanmar absent from China-ASEAN summit

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held an online summit on Monday without the presence of a representative from Myanmar.

ASEAN invited Myanmar's ambassador to Beijing to the summit, in a move that excluded Myanmar's military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who took power in a coup in February.

The ambassador did not show up, apparently after Myanmar rejected the offer.

It was reported that China sought to allow Min Aung Hlaing to attend the summit but that ASEAN members such as Indonesia and Malaysia objected.

In a statement issued after the summit, Myanmar's military thanked China for its effort to have the senior general join the meeting and expressed discontent with opponents to China's proposal, without referring to them by name.

The ASEAN summit in October was also held without a representative from Myanmar in attendance, for similar reasons.