Despite the current (and increasingly rocky) Vietnam-China spat and ceaseless China-SE Asia territorial beefs on the South China Sea, The Global Times claims that Beijing has unique advantages over the US in wooing the trust of the Southeast Asian states. Face. Palm. We quote:
Chang Wanquan [Minister of National Defense] also put forward a series of proposals to strengthen pragmatic cooperation between China and ASEAN, which will enhance mutual strategic trust and further deepen cooperation in the fields of defense and security.
ASEAN takes a primary position in China’s neighborhood diplomacy of building a community of common destiny in the Asia-Pacific region and stressing amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. Expanding cooperation with ASEAN member states in the field of security is Beijing’s established policy.
It is unknown whether the recent provocations against Beijing by Manila and Hanoi are related to the US-ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting held in April. But it’s no coincidence that some senior US officials delivered aggressive remarks at the same time as the escalation of the South China Sea disputes.
Because breaching territorial boundaries and constantly engaging in violent disputes on the high seas is nothing compared to the horror of unverified salty remarks…….
Not to mention that the US isn’t too shy about backing South East Asian nations during the China-SE Asia sea spats.
And apparently, the Times is really patting the motherland on the back for the disaster relief campaigns saying, “under the framework of the ASEAN Regional Forum, China actively participates in the disaster relief exercises.” Especially that “incredibly timely” and “not-at-all-stingy” relief effort in wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the Philippines, right?
Recently, China’s installment of an oil rig in contested waters off Vietnam, has sparked deadly anti-China riots, resulted in an immolation and mass evacuations of Chinese workers from Vietnam. And yesterday, a Chinese vessel reportedly rammed a Vietnamese fishing ship, sinking it. Really gaining that trust, guys!