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Rice’s no-show irks Southeast Asia

As Asian foreign ministers gather this week in Laos to discuss regional security issues, the main sideline topic is likely to be US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s no-show. Citing a scheduling clash, Rice is sending deputy Robert Zoellick to the annual forum, which runs July 28-29 during a summit held by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Foreign ministers from China, Japan, the Koreas, India, and Pakistan are among the other “dialog partners” to ASEAN. Full Story

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