The USS Montgomery leads a flotilla of Asean navy ships in the Gulf of Thailand, during a joint maritime exercise. Photo: AFP

Asean steers between two powers with joint US military exercise in South China Sea

  • Five-day drill follows similar exercise with China last year, but Asian bloc is trying to avoid favouring either power
  • Manoeuvres, led by US and Thailand, involved eight warships, four aircraft and more than 1,000 personnel
Topic |   Asean

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The USS Montgomery leads a flotilla of Asean navy ships in the Gulf of Thailand, during a joint maritime exercise. Photo: AFP
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Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea ‘likely to top agenda’ when Malaysian foreign minister visits Beijing next week

  • Saifuddin Abdullah’s trip comes a week after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for restraint among claimants to disputed waters during visit to Hanoi
  • ‘Balanced’ Kuala Lumpur has played an important role in mediating on such issues, academic says
Topic |   South China Sea

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Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory. Photo: Reuters
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