Joint maritime exercises between China and Asean get under way in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday. Photo: Handout

China embarks on first joint naval drills with Asean as US tensions simmer in South China Sea

  • Exercises show desire of regional players to improve trust with China but will be no more than symbolic, observers say
  • Follows agreement by Asean and the US to hold a similar joint drills in the contested waters next year
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Joint maritime exercises between China and Asean get under way in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Monday. Photo: Handout
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.