Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre of TV screen) addresses delegates at a special Asean Summit on Covid-19 held online, as shown on a TV screen in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: AP
Ted Gover
Opinion

Opinion

Ted Gover

Covid-19 sharpens US-China rivalry, complicating Southeast Asia’s dilemma

  • Asean states have tried in recent years to steer clear of Beijing’s and Washington’s manoeuvrings. The tit-for-tat accusations between the two over their handling of the pandemic now add to existing tensions over trade and the South China Sea
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre of TV screen) addresses delegates at a special Asean Summit on Covid-19 held online, as shown on a TV screen in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: AP
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