Asean split by spectre of Chinese guns and money

Indonesia, Sept. 2015: Chinese Ambassador to Asean Xu Bu speaks at the association’s forum; its members are wary of China’s political ambition in the region but also mindful of the role Chinese trade plays in their economies (source: dpa)
Indonesia, Sept. 2015: Chinese Ambassador to Asean Xu Bu speaks at the association’s forum; its members are wary of China’s political ambition in the region but also mindful of the role Chinese trade plays in their economies (source: dpa)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) operates under the motto ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ Recently, however, the bloc has not been so unified. A schism between its 10 member states is growing over China, their giant neighbour to the north. It is a divide that threatens to derail the bloc’s economic development and integration into a larger free-trade area, whether under the aegis of the United States or China, writes GIS expert Cameron Frecklington.

China and the countries of Southeast Asia have a complicated relationship, closely bound by economic ties, yet locked in an increasingly tense confrontation in the South China Sea. Asean is a diverse political...

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