Chinese sailors (in white) visit the Singapore Navy frigate RSS Stalwart during the Asean-China Maritime Exercise at a military port in Zhanjiang, in China's southern Guangdong province, on October 24. Photo: STR / AFP
Yang Zi
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Yang Zi

As South China Sea tensions rise, China’s participation in Asean naval exercise raises hope of calmer waters

  • Yang Zi and Li Mingjiang say the joint maritime exercise highlights the warming of China-Asean relations as the Belt and Road Initiative makes inroads
  • However, it does not imply that Asean is leaning towards China and away from the US, with a range of disagreements yet to be resolved

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Chinese sailors (in white) visit the Singapore Navy frigate RSS Stalwart during the Asean-China Maritime Exercise at a military port in Zhanjiang, in China's southern Guangdong province, on October 24. Photo: STR / AFP
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