Chinese soldiers patrol Woody Island in the Paracels, one of many disputed isles in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
Tang Siew Mun
Opinion

Opinion

Tang Siew Mun

In South China Sea, Asean has a choice: ‘Asian values’ or rule of law?

  • The bloc of Southeast Asian nations is negotiating a code of conduct with Beijing to prevent flare-ups in the contested waterway
  • In doing so, it risks alienating its global partners by undermining international law with cultural exceptionalism

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Chinese soldiers patrol Woody Island in the Paracels, one of many disputed isles in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
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