Many Southeast Asian countries are too economically and strategically dependent on China to take a robust stance on the South China Sea disputes in favor of ASEAN claimant states
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A Japan-U.S. alliance should provide an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, while strengthening the ability of smaller states to defend their territorial integrity.
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