An island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province but is also claimed by Vietnam. Photo: AFP
Collin Koh
Opinion

Opinion

Collin Koh

Asean can no longer afford to be subtle over the South China Sea

  • The bloc needs to unambiguously and collectively articulate its concerns on the disputed waterway, whether it names and shames Beijing or otherwise
  • With nuance over the sea showing no signs of ameliorating China, Asean must present a united front – or it risks sliding into irrelevance
An island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province but is also claimed by Vietnam. Photo: AFP
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