Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

Can Asean dance its way out of having to take sides in the US-China conflict?

  • As tensions mount, Southeast Asian countries will need some fancy footwork to preserve Asean’s unity and centrality in deciding regional issues

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses a live video conference during the opening ceremony of the 53rd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: AFP
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.