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ASEAN's silence amid South China Sea confrontation is deafening

Indonesia should rally agreeable members into taking 'minilateral' action

| Southeast Asia
A Philippine supply boat headed toward Second Thomas Shoal maneuvers as a China Coast Guard ship tries to block its way on Aug. 22.   © AP

Richard Heydarian is a senior lecturer at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines and author of "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

China's harassment of Philippine naval vessels resupplying an outpost in the South China Sea in early August has been met with condemnation from a range of other governments.

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