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Prominent Scholar Warns That Philippine South China Sea ‘Provocations’ Are Undermining China-ASEAN Ties

A man looks at the China Coast Guard vessel during a mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on November 10, 2023. JAM STA ROSA / AFP

A respected Chinese scholar has given insight into official thinking on the impact Beijing’s maritime conflicts with the Philippines are having on China-ASEAN relations.

Philippine “provocations” in the South China Sea are undermining cooperation between China and ASEAN and could have a spillover effect on the stability and development of the Asia-Pacific, Zhang Jie, a researcher from the National Institute of International Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said in an interview with official state news outlet Xinhua.

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