China is a rising superpower, but everyone seems to be challenging the claims of the country. While many nations opposed China’s bid in the South China Sea, it appears that the country may succeed in intimidating ASEAN leaders, with analysts warning that the growing tension in the disputed region is nothing but alarming. Could China trigger World War 3?
China Tricks ASEAN To Surrender
According to the New York Times, Southeast Asian leaders are likely to avoid direct confrontation at the summit about the South China Sea problem. The leaders will likely not mention China’s expansive territorial claims in the disputed region. The conclusion came from the draft of their final declaration, which could be considered a victory for China.
However, it can be noted that the draft expresses strong concerns on China’s development of man-made islands in the South China Sea. Many Southeast Asian nations are alarmed by the rate of China’s activities, stressing that such activities could contribute to instability and growing tension in the region.
The Associated Press got a copy of the draft, which is reportedly going through fine-tuning from the leaders concerned. The draft should be approved before the commencement of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Laotian capital.
The report also noted that the final version should come out sometime on Thursday, although some major points such as the disputed region will remain the same.
Nonetheless, another analyst warns of the recent turn of events in the South China Sea.
“Both the South China Sea and East China Sea are worrying and potential points of miscalculation,” News.com.au quoted Australian National University’s Australia-Japan Research Centre co-director Shiro Armstrong.
“Mistakes can escalate, and both seas involve enough interest by really big players, so they’re the ones to worry about and pay close attention to.”