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Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

China needs to adjust its diplomatic approach to win the battle for Southeast Asia and the South China Sea

  • Asean defence ministers’ focus on China’s behaviour suggests that if Beijing does not recalibrate its approach, it might lose diplomatic ground to the US
  • With recent conciliatory moves towards Indonesia, Beijing has shown it can repair its diplomatic damage

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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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.