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International relations

Sino-US tug of war looms large in ASEAN meetings

China to use promise of coronavirus vaccine to sway members to its side

A Chinese guided-missile frigate: The ASEAN meetings take place against the backdrop of mounting tensions in the South China Sea.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Southeast Asian nations remain divided over how to respond to Chinese maritime advances in South China Sea as the region gets ready to kick off a four-day series of meetings, with Washington and Beijing engaging in an intense tug of war.

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