China’s utilisation of dollar diplomacy in Southeast Asia has been incredibly effective, particularly since 2015. Economic aid for infrastructure projects to these countries has helped Beijing win the political goodwill of the leaders of many ASEAN members, particularly towards the contentious issue of the South China Sea. Aditya Vijay (Research Intern, Centre for Strategic Studies, CPPR) elaborates on China–Asean Maritime Drills in his blog piece for CPPR.

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