The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer transits the South China Sea on April 11. The US claims its interests in the South China Sea relate to a defence of freedom of navigation. But it purposely conflates freedom of commercial navigation with freedom to undertake military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance probes against China and others in the region. Photo: US. Navy / Handout via Reuters

On the South China Sea, the US and Asean are increasingly on different pages

Mark Valencia says it’s becoming clear America’s concern for a rules-based order and freedom of navigation is not shared by a Southeast Asia more worried about the impact of a US-China power struggle on domestic stability

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer transits the South China Sea on April 11. The US claims its interests in the South China Sea relate to a defence of freedom of navigation. But it purposely conflates freedom of commercial navigation with freedom to undertake military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance probes against China and others in the region. Photo: US. Navy / Handout via Reuters
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