The unity of Asia’s leaders may soon be tested. Photo: AFP
Richard Heydarian
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Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Vietnam’s threat of legal warfare could signal it is ready to take an even bolder stance on China

  • Hanoi has floated the idea of going further than diplomatic protests over Beijing’s conduct in the South China Sea
  • At a time when the Philippines has moved closer to Beijing under Rodrigo Duterte, Vietnam has gone the other way

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The unity of Asia’s leaders may soon be tested. Photo: AFP
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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP

Beijing’s South China Sea stance and US ‘truancy’ set to headline Asean defence meeting

  • US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe will meet in Bangkok with ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc and six other countries
  • Tensions between Vietnam and China over territorial disputes rose ahead of this weekend’s Asean Defence Ministers Meeting Plus, creating a potential flashpoint
Topic |   Asean

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on November 15. Photo: AP
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