US Navy warships transit the South China Sea in April 2020. File photo: US Navy/Handout
US Navy warships transit the South China Sea in April 2020. File photo: US Navy/Handout

South China Sea: will Aukus affect Asean’s code of conduct talks with Beijing?

  • China is eyeing gains in its negotiations with Asean for a code of behaviour in the resource-rich waters, as President Xi Jinping meets bloc leaders on Monday
  • Beijing’s assertive tactics in the disputed waters, the Aukus alliance and Cambodia’s chairing of Asean are factors that will shape the meeting outcome, analysts say

US Navy warships transit the South China Sea in April 2020. File photo: US Navy/Handout
US Navy warships transit the South China Sea in April 2020. File photo: US Navy/Handout
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