ASEAN unity and the threat of Chinese expansion


Shortly after US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Asia, where he underscored Washington’s commitment to remain as an anchor of stability in the region, a new crisis erupted in the South China Sea. Pressing its territorial claims in adjacent waters, China dispatched HYSY981, a state-of-the-art deep-sea rig, which belongs to the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), well into Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Chinese officials tried to justify the move by describing it as a natural progression of CNOOC’s surveillance operations in the contested waters, but most analysts believe that political considerations, as opposed to commercial calculations, were…

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