Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP

European nations ‘determined to stay relevant’ in Asia-Pacific, South China Sea

  • As tensions rise in the region, heavyweights like Britain, Germany and France are keen to show they are more than just passive trading partners, analysts say
  • Sending warships to the disputed waters also ‘provides European governments with more leverage’ when dealing with the US and China on geopolitical matters closer to home
Topic |   South China Sea

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Britain is planning to send its aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Asia-Pacific. Photo: AFP
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) and his Malaysian counterpart, Saifuddin Abdullah, have agreed to set up a dialogue mechanism to handle South China Sea disputes. Photo: Reuters

China, Malaysia seek to resolve South China Sea disputes with new dialogue mechanism

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says arrangement will provide a ‘new platform for cooperation’
  • Tensions in disputed waterway ‘have dropped recently’, he says
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) and his Malaysian counterpart, Saifuddin Abdullah, have agreed to set up a dialogue mechanism to handle South China Sea disputes. Photo: Reuters
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