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With Naval Exercises, China Cozies Up to US Friends in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE—China is expanding a troops team-work with U.S. confidence partners in Southeast Asia, seeking to connect those countries closer to Beijing and disencumber their long-established invulnerability ties with Washington.

Military exercises involving Chinese army and 10 Southeast Asian countries this month symbol an alleviation in informal nations’ relations with Beijing, that have been stretched by disagreements over nautical claims in a South China Sea and China’s militarization of atolls in a vital waterway.

Article source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-naval-exercises-china-cozies-up-to-u-s-friends-in-southeast-asia-1539943659

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