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
Topic |   Asean

TOP PICKS

The South China Sea is often the focus for the growing strategic rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE
The US conducted at least five so-called freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea last year. Photo: AFP

‘Grey zone’ tactics are raising risk of military conflict in the South China Sea, observers say

  • America’s freedom of navigation operations and drills in disputed waters designed to challenge China’s rise and excessive territorial claims, analyst says
  • And promises Washington makes to other nations in region could lead to an ‘unwanted conflict’ with Beijing, he says
Topic |   South China Sea

TOP PICKS

The US conducted at least five so-called freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea last year. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE