China's President Xi Jinping waves after attending the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese-sponsored Vietnam-China Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 12. Photo: AP

Beijing outmanoeuvres US in the South China Sea – at least for now

Mark J. Valencia says Manila’s acceptance of Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea shows that the erosion of US influence is real, though probably overstated by hand-wringing Asia policy pundits

Topic |   South China Sea

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China's President Xi Jinping waves after attending the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese-sponsored Vietnam-China Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 12. Photo: AP
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