As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA
As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA
Lye Liang Fook
Opinion

Opinion

Lye Liang Fook

Turning on the charm: China looks for a little love in Southeast Asia

  • Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Beijing has embarked on a diplomatic offensive in Southeast Asia, using a combination of traditional and digital platforms
  • The outreach effort, which has had mixed results, seems aimed at preventing Southeast Asian countries from veering too close to the US

As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA
As part of its Southeast Asia diplomatic blitz, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, right, met Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in Manila in September to discuss defence and military cooperation. Photo: EPA
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