A Chinese coastguard ship is seen about 210km offshore from Vietnam on May 14, 2014. File photo: Reuters
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In disputed South China Sea, Asean claimant states are neither friends nor foes

  • Competing claims over maritime jurisdiction in the strategic waterway have been a source of distrust and tension in the region
  • Despite a shared rival in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia have separate issues of sovereignty and territorial rights that make the issue deadlocked

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A Chinese coastguard ship is seen about 210km offshore from Vietnam on May 14, 2014. File photo: Reuters
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