The South China Sea is often the focus for the growing strategic rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Photo: Reuters

China-US strategic rivalry will be on display at East Asia Summit even if Donald Trump isn’t, observers say

  • US president’s absence from annual event should not be seen as a lack of American interest in regional issues, observers say
  • New national security adviser Robert O’Brien will head American delegation at two-day meeting, while Premier Li Keqiang will lead Chinese team
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The South China Sea is often the focus for the growing strategic rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Photo: Reuters
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.