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Manila's Pyrrhic Victory: ASEAN in disarray over the South China Sea

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:08am

Picture of Nicholas KhooOnce celebrated as a model multilateral organization and an agent of positive regional change, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in disarray. On July 12, a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a judgment on the South China Sea that is widely seen as a victory for ASEAN member the Philippines over China. In the short run at least, this has proven to be a pyrrhic victory. At the organization’s July 21-26 meetings with their non-ASEAN dialogue partners in Laos, divisions within ASEAN over the South China Sea disputes were on full display.

Dr Nicholas Khoo shares his thoughts on recent developments in the South China Sea - read the full AMTI article here.