Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

How the Shangri-La Dialogue turned into a diplomatic coup for China

  • Richard Heydarian writes that China’s neighbours seem more worried about a power conflict than Beijing’s growing Indo-Pacific footprint
  • Few seem ready to openly rally behind America’s call for jointly confronting China

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters
Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has signalled that Beijing will continue to shape the Indo-Pacific in its own image. Photo: Reuters
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"