Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre) meets diplomatic envoys from the Asean states in Beijing on November 14, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre) meets diplomatic envoys from the Asean states in Beijing on November 14, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Syed Munir Khasru
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Syed Munir Khasru

China’s trade tactics are winning out over US diplomacy and military might in Southeast Asia

  • As the US seeks to increase its presence in Southeast Asia through diplomacy, China prefers to put its money where its mouth is with investment and trade deals
  • The creation of the RCEP and rise in China-Asean trade to almost double the value of US-Asean exchanges suggest Beijing’s approach is working

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre) meets diplomatic envoys from the Asean states in Beijing on November 14, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (centre) meets diplomatic envoys from the Asean states in Beijing on November 14, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
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