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

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