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China must not flex muscle as neighbors grapple with pandemic

Beijing steps into vacuum left by virus-hit US and ASEAN

Amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, a rare power vacuum has emerged in Asia.

U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most powerful deterrents of the American military, was hit by an outbreak during an operation in the South China Sea and had to divert to Guam. 

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