One of the most fascinating elements of the global reaction to the recent death of US Senator John McCain has been the sad and respectful reactions from the senior Vietnamese leadership and the public.
In 2016, the Chinese government provided over RMB 33 million for the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction Cooperation in East Asia which is based on technical and financial support from China for the specific purpose of poverty alleviation in Laos.
At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
Singapore hosted the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2018. ASEAN will certainly seek to augment its community building in a world where geopolitical shifts and disruptive forces are taking place.
In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
Over the past few years, bashing China for its policy and actions in the South China Sea has become quite common in the US foreign policy community. More recently, the criticism has become ever more strident and dangerous.