An aerial view of the Qilianyu Islands in the Paracel chain, which China claims. Tensions have been rising over the resource-rich South China Sea. Photo: AFP

Will South China Sea’s rival claimants be emboldened by US policy shift?

  • Washington’s tougher line on the contested waterway gives China’s neighbours some leverage in negotiations, observer says
  • But they are expected to carefully balance relations between the two superpowers to avoid getting caught in the middle
Topic |   South China Sea
An aerial view of the Qilianyu Islands in the Paracel chain, which China claims. Tensions have been rising over the resource-rich South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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