The US Navy has conducted two freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea so far this year. Photo: Reuters

Why US Navy’s South China Sea operations tighten squeeze on Southeast Asian nations caught between Washington and Beijing

  • Escalating rivalry between major powers increases the dilemma faced by the smaller nations who fear being caught between the two sides
  • While Asean nations have concerns about China’s growing power and influence they are reluctant to anger Beijing by siding with the US
Topic |   South China Sea

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The US Navy has conducted two freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea so far this year. Photo: Reuters
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