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Survey: China Passes the U.S. for the First Time as the Preferred Partner of Choice in Southeast Asia

For the first time, more people in Southeast Asia prefer that their countries align with China over the U.S., according to findings of an influential new survey published by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. China's favorability rating in the region jumped more ...

Top Chinese Think Tank Analyst Urges ASEAN Countries to Stay Out of U.S.-China Duel

Attempts to contain China's rise would only fuel its grievances, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim warned in a recent speech in Australia. This sentiment struck a chord with a highly-placed Chinese academic who wrote a commentary on WeChat to put his own proverbial ...

ASEAN, Australia Decry Actions That ‘Endanger Peace’ in South China Sea

By Steven Trask Southeast Asian and Australian leaders on Wednesday warned against actions that "endanger peace" in the South China Sea, following fresh confrontations between Beijing and the Philippines in contested waters. Simmering tensions in ...

Starkly Divergent Views on China Emerge at ASEAN-Australian Summit

Southeast Asian leaders gathering in Melbourne this week for the Australia-ASEAN summit expressed very different assessments of the threat by China to stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. sounded the alarm again during a speech on Monday ...

Surveying the Geopolitical Landscape in SE Asia With ASEAN Wonk Prashanth Parameswaran

The escalating tensions between China, the Philippines, and the United States in the South China Sea highlight how Southeast Asia is now the most dangerous frontline in the burgeoning Great Power competition between Beijing and Washington.

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Climate and China Loom Over ASEAN Talks in Australia

Southeast Asian leaders gather for talks in Australia on Monday, with clean energy cooperation and Beijing's aggressive stance in the South China Sea tipped to dominate discussions. Climate change looms large on the agenda as leaders from the 10-nation Association of ...

China Looms Over Jokowi’s Southeast Asia Trip

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo embarked on a Southeast Asian tour this week, visiting the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei. The visit comes as China steps into a more assertive role in Southeast Asia. Its territorial claims in the South China Sea ...

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

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 ...

Japan, China Both Court ASEAN Countries as Part of Burgeoning Battle for Influence in Southeast Asia

Both Japan and China held a series of events with senior leaders from the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in recent days as part of a ramped-up effort to increase their respective influence in Southeast Asia.

ASEAN Defense Chiefs Expand Talks to China, U.S., India

ASEAN defense ministers gathering in Jakarta expanded talks on Thursday to include defense chiefs from China, the U.S., Japan, and India. U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin attended but did not meet with a Chinese counterpart. ...
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