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South China Sea

China's incursions over Malaysia add to South China Sea disputes

Beijing uses show of force and vaccine diplomacy to expand influence

A Chinese military plane is spotted in Malaysian airspace, according to Malaysia's air force. (Taken from a Malaysian military Tweet)

JAKARTA/BEIJING/TAIPEI -- China has stepped up incursions into Southeast Asian airspace, drawing the ire of Malaysia in the most recent breach, as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region with the mix of a vaccine charm offensive and a show of force. 

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