A Chinese vessel patrols the South China Sea on April 13 and 14. China’s recent moves have upset some Southeast Asian states. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard via AP
A Chinese vessel patrols the South China Sea on April 13 and 14. China’s recent moves have upset some Southeast Asian states. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard via AP
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

Beijing’s hard approach in the South China Sea could cost it soft power gains in Southeast Asia

  • China’s enforcement of its historic nine-dash line claim casts doubt over assurances that it will not seek dominance over Southeast Asian states
  • Aggressive tactics threaten the progress China has made in the region – playing right into the hands of the US

A Chinese vessel patrols the South China Sea on April 13 and 14. China’s recent moves have upset some Southeast Asian states. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard via AP
A Chinese vessel patrols the South China Sea on April 13 and 14. China’s recent moves have upset some Southeast Asian states. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard via AP
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