South China Sea: Ample opportunity for Asean-China connectivity

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South China Sea: Ample opportunity for Asean-China connectivity

China-Asean and China-US relations in the South China Sea have trended in opposite directions since July 12, 2016. On that day the Philippines and Asean set aside the near-term implementation of the South China Sea arbitration award supporting the case against China’s maritime infringements and opened a new chapter in relations with China. China-Asean ties […]

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Clouded by controversy even before it began, the recently concluded 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR was conspicuous for two things: who was and was not present; and, perhaps more importantly, what was and was not discussed. While Malaysia’s foreign minister, Anifah Aman – who had been expected at the AMM […]

China successfully divides Asean on the South China Sea (video)

China successfully divides Asean on the South China Sea (video)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s whirlwind tour of Brunei, Cambodia and Laos between April 22 and 24, 2016 courted support for his country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. But the issue of China’s policy in the South China Sea has created a fault line across Asean, complicating the unity and effectiveness of the […]