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ASEAN and China will make little progress in sea talks

Wednesday, March 1, 2023


A row between the Philippine and Chinese coast guards in mid-February underscored that tensions in the South China Sea remain elevated. Indonesia is the 2023 ASEAN chair.


  • The US and Philippine coast guards will undertake joint patrols in Philippine waters, annoying Beijing.
  • South-east Asian claimants will work harder to develop their own energy projects in waters claimed by China.
  • Maritime traffic in the South China Sea will not be disrupted by the various territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the area.

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