A German flag flutters outside the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing in May 2018. Photo: Reuters
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

China’s new abnormal: European patrols in disputed Southeast Asian waters

  • Richard Heydarian writes that Germany’s entry into the fray leaves China once again surrounded by Western naval powers, an echo of the dark days of the Opium Wars

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A German flag flutters outside the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing in May 2018. Photo: Reuters
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"