Asean members and the South China Sea - hang together or separately

Recent Chinese actions, including renaming contested territory, make it pressing for a collective response from regional grouping

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The lives of millions of people have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, but for China in the South China Sea, it has been business as usual - the business being further assertion of its expansive claims over the waterway and its maritime features.

The Chinese have been doing so for a while now, with the help of gunboats, maps and now administrative writ. The question is: What is Asean doing about this?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2020, with the headline Asean members and the South China Sea - hang together or separately. Subscribe