The US Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Force conducts operations in the South China Sea on July 6. Photo: EPA

The US is taking on Beijing over the South China Sea, but Asean remains cautious

  • With US-China ties fraying and a need for trade with China amid the Covid-19 pandemic, countries in the region cannot risk siding with Washington, analysts say
  • Negotiations over a code of conduct in the disputed waterway could also stall following the US’ assertions that Beijing’s claims are ‘completely unlawful’
Topic |   South China Sea
The US Navy’s Nimitz Carrier Strike Force conducts operations in the South China Sea on July 6. Photo: EPA
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