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ASEAN is bound to disappoint China on Taiwan

Given members' own territorial disputes with Beijing, bloc will walk fine line

| Southeast Asia
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center, with ASEAN foreign ministers in Phnom Penh on Aug. 4: The bloc is not going to give Beijing the support it is seeking on Taiwan.   © Reuters

Ratih Kabinawa is a doctoral candidate in international relations and Asian studies at the University of Western Australia. Tangguh Chairil is a lecturer in international relations at Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta.

With U.S.-China tensions over Taiwan reaching their highest levels in decades, Beijing is eager to line up diplomatic support, particularly from its Asian neighbors.

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