South China Sea: China’s defence minister heads to Brunei, Philippines after visits to Malaysia and Indonesia

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China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe on Tuesday met hisIndonesiancounterpart Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, a day after visitingMalaysia’s leader in Kuala Lumpur, as Beijing seeks to balance US influence in the Asia-Pacific amid rising tensions in theSouth China Sea
meetings running from Wednesday through Saturday, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expected to attend.Wei is set to visit Brunei next, followed by the Philippines, according to sources. The visits come just ahead of a series of virtualAsean
While Indonesia is not a claimant in the South China Sea, it has clashed with Beijing over Chinese fishing ships entering its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands and rejected the nine-dash line that China uses as a basis for its claims in the waters.
cases, has turned to a Chinese drug maker to secure a supply of its potential vaccine and continues to welcome Chinese investments for economic growth.But Indonesia, which is facing recession while grappling with risingCovid-19

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