China’s navy stages a display in the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by a number of its neighbours. Photo: Reuters

‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes

  • Beijing pushing for mechanism like it has with Manila, source says, rather than go directly to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  • But Malaysia’s foreign minister says it will discuss the disputed waters on a group basis despite China ‘asking most Asean countries to go bilateral’
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China’s navy stages a display in the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by a number of its neighbours. Photo: Reuters
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