A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: Beijing will need more than charm to win over Asean, observers say

  • Chinese leaders have visited nine Asean countries in recent weeks but free-trade deals and financial aid are unlikely to assuage the bloc’s deep-rooted concerns, analysts say
  • Strained ties with Vietnam, the current chair of Asean, will make China’s efforts to curry favour in the region even harder, academic says

Topic |   Asean
A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
A dispute with the Philippines over fishing rights is just one of several battles Beijing is fighting in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
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