Sailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: WeiboSailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: Weibo
Sailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: Weibo
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

China could edge the US out of the South China Sea by softening its approach to Southeast Asian rivals

  • Mark J. Valencia says Southeast Asian nations are open to better ties with China and do not see US freedom of navigation operations as being in their interests
  • By proposing joint development or mutual use of disputed areas and capitalising on its economic power, China could lure Southeast Asia away from the US

Sailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: WeiboSailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: Weibo
Sailors line up for the first China-Asean naval exercises in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday October 22. The drills were seen as a demonstration of Southeast Asian nations’ desire for improved ties with China. Photo: Weibo
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