China uses American Playbook

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Chinese meddling in the affairs of Southeast Asian states is a debate which will only grow louder and stronger. Many would argue the Chinese are thin-skinned about such accusations and are quick to shout down any suggestion of their unwanted interference in a neighbor’s business.

If Beijing was serious about sovereign respect, however, it would play by international norms. This certainly is not the case in Yunnan where a group of thugs are currently on trial for the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year.

Read more in The Diplomat.

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