The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters
The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters
Ian Storey
Opinion

Opinion

Ian Storey

As US-China tensions rise, what is the outlook on the South China Sea dispute in 2020-21?

  • The situation has grown fraught since the onset of Covid-19, with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam also hardening their stance
  • But China is unlikely to terraform further land features, while Vietnam will also refrain from legally challenging Beijing’s claims or actions

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters
The US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the South China Sea in 2019. Photo: Reuters
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Ian Storey

Ian Storey

Ian Storey is a senior fellow and editor of contemporary Southeast Asia at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore