Chinese structures and an airstrip on the manmade Subi Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea in 2017. The US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs pushed back at the idea that Washington was forcing nations in Southeast Asia and elsewhere to choose between competing American and Chinese global visions. Photo: AP

US vision for global order is vastly different to China’s, Trump administration official says

  • ‘For Beijing, international relations is about hierarchy and ‘big makes right’,’ says US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • David Stilwell rejects the idea that Washington is forcing nations in Southeast Asia and elsewhere to choose between competing US and Chinese outlooks
Topic |   US-China relations

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Chinese structures and an airstrip on the manmade Subi Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea in 2017. The US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs pushed back at the idea that Washington was forcing nations in Southeast Asia and elsewhere to choose between competing American and Chinese global visions. Photo: AP
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