A Chinese destroyer takes part in a joint exercise with Russian navy ships. Photo: AP

South China Sea: message for Beijing in Vietnam, Malaysia defence white papers

  • Defence blueprints by Malaysia and Vietnam went under the radar at first
  • But criticisms of Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea are slowly surfacing
Topic |   South China Sea

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A Chinese destroyer takes part in a joint exercise with Russian navy ships. Photo: AP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.