Xinhua: ASEAN Should Avoid Being Divided by South China Sea Issue


It was a busy week in China news, with the China-Vietnam stand-off continuing, the U.S. charging five PLA officers with cybercrimes, and a terrorist attack bringing tragedy to Xinjiang. Below, some stories you may have missed on the developments:

Xinhua responds to the news that Vietnam and the Philippines are growing closer together in the wake of China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea. Xinhua warns that ASEAN risks being divided by the tensions (which it sees as being stoked by the U.S.). “If the ASEAN were divided and marginalized, the United States would be most likely to give only a nonchalant shrug,” Xinhua quotes unnamed analysts as saying.

Wall Street Journal reports that new information from a Chinese company in Vietnam has raised the death toll of last’s weeks anti-China riots, with an additional four reported dead. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government has promised to compensate affected businesses for their losses, but negotiations over the proper amount of payment will be difficult. At Quartz, Lily Kuo discusses the choice Vietnam faces: pay compensation now, or risk losing millions of dollars in foreign investment in the future.


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