Beijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: APBeijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: AP
Beijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: AP

Chinese, US officials cross swords over activities in Southeast Asia

  • China’s ambassador to Singapore Hong Xiaoyong accuses American defence chief Mark Esper of ‘fuelling tension’
  • Esper had called for closer security relationships in the region ‘amid challenges posed by Covid-19 and the Communist Party’
Topic |   US-China relations
Beijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: APBeijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: AP
Beijing and Washington have ramped up engagement in Southeast Asia as they vie for influence in the region. Photo: AP
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