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U.S. – China dispute: Southeast Asian nations reluctant to choose between the two countries

China sent its destroyer Taizhou to shadow the US Navy's warship. Photo redit to : RIA Novost/ChinaFotoPress

China sent its destroyer Taizhou to shadow the US Navy’s warship. Photo redit to : RIA Novost/ChinaFotoPress

Most Southeast Asian countries with stakes in the South China Sea will take a cautious stand on the latest Sino-US confrontation, even though they may be happy to see a challenge to China’s claims in the disputed waters, according to observers.

The fallout from a US Navy patrol close to artificial islands China has built in the sea is likely to be high on the agenda next week when defence ministers from Southeast Asia, China and the United States meet in Kuala Lumpur and President Xi Jinping visits Vietnam. READ ARTICLE HERE