This undated handout photo released in 2014 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs shows alleged reclamation by China on the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. China may decide to open up one or two islands in the Spratlys, for instance Johnson South Reef, to facilitate China-Asean cooperation and turn these features into a hub for maritime cooperation. Photo: Handout via AFP
This undated handout photo released in 2014 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs shows alleged reclamation by China on the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. China may decide to open up one or two islands in the Spratlys, for instance Johnson South Reef, to facilitate China-Asean cooperation and turn these features into a hub for maritime cooperation. Photo: Handout via AFP
Li Mingjiang
Opinion

Opinion

Li Mingjiang

To win over Asean, Beijing should open up its small South China Sea islands for cooperation

  • As befits a major power in Southeast Asia, China should take the initiative to put into practice what it has repeatedly pledged – to use its land features in the contested regional waters to tackle non-traditional security challenges, alongside its Asean partners

This undated handout photo released in 2014 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs shows alleged reclamation by China on the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. China may decide to open up one or two islands in the Spratlys, for instance Johnson South Reef, to facilitate China-Asean cooperation and turn these features into a hub for maritime cooperation. Photo: Handout via AFP
This undated handout photo released in 2014 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs shows alleged reclamation by China on the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea. China may decide to open up one or two islands in the Spratlys, for instance Johnson South Reef, to facilitate China-Asean cooperation and turn these features into a hub for maritime cooperation. Photo: Handout via AFP
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