US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter speaks with U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter speaks with U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Economy vs defence: America’s allies take a ‘dual track’ diplomatic approach as Chinese clout grows

Beijing seen as an economic partner, Washington as a security anchor

US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter speaks with U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter speaks with U.S. service members aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
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