The Asean-US Maritime Exercise, which ended on Friday, was the first involving forces from the US and all 10 member nations of Asean. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members

  • With first ever naval exercise with all 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US is responding to China’s own efforts, Richard Heydarian writes
  • But for Asean states, the drill is part of a strategy to reach out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their autonomy

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The Asean-US Maritime Exercise, which ended on Friday, was the first involving forces from the US and all 10 member nations of Asean. Photo: AP
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Philippine navy personnel stand in formation during a send-off ceremony. Photo: EPA

Drills between US and Asean nations kick off, will extend into South China Sea

  • The first Asean-US Maritime Exercise between the regional bloc and Washington lasts for five days
  • The drills coincide with stepped-up US engagement in the region and tensions between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations
Topic |   Asean

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Philippine navy personnel stand in formation during a send-off ceremony. Photo: EPA
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