China’s Premier Li Keqiang (third from right) poses with Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders at the Asean-China Summit in Singapore on November 14. Li signed an upgraded version of the China-Singapore free-trade agreement during his visit. Photo: Reuters
Minxin Pei
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Minxin Pei

Why China’s East Asian charm offensive will need more than sweet talk and trade deals to succeed

  • Minxin Pei says as China seeks friends in the neighbourhood amid tensions with the US, concessions in the South China Sea will go further in securing allies
  • While East Asian countries would prefer not to pick a side, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore would be hard pressed not to choose the US

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China’s Premier Li Keqiang (third from right) poses with Association of Southeast Asian Nation leaders at the Asean-China Summit in Singapore on November 14. Li signed an upgraded version of the China-Singapore free-trade agreement during his visit. Photo: Reuters
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