In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters

Asean stays on the sidelines as South China Sea tensions mount

  • Vietnam and the Philippines have lodged protests against China’s activities but other Southeast Asian states have been restrained
  • While Washington’s presence is welcome, Asean countries will not publicly admit it and neither will they attempt a collective response, says an analyst

Topic |   South China Sea
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have claims to the South China Sea. File photo: Reuters
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