The Lack of Unity Revealed in the Brexit Vote Comes as No Surprise in Asia

The Lack of Unity Revealed in the Brexit Vote Comes as No Surprise in Asia

An employee works in front of computer monitors near a European Union (EU) flag, left, and a British Union Flag, also known as a Union Jack, at a foreign exchange brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, June 24, 2016. The pound tumbled with the euro and U.K. equity index futures after early results from Britain's referendum on membership of the European Union put the "Leave" campaign ahead, suggesting the risk of a so-called Brexit is greater than opinion polls implied. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Asia has long resisted union. Its borders encompass the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, each a complete world unto itself. An attempt to link the countries of Southeast Asia—merely one chunk of the continent—has produced a weak institution less adept at actual policy-making than organizing photo-ops of hand-holding ministers in local garb.

Earlier this month, the Association…

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