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China’s sway over Cambodia tests Southeast Asian unity

Analysts say China is keen to flex its economic muscle with cash-strapped states in the region in a bid to exert control in the South China Sea

By Prak Chan Thul and Martin Petty  /  Reuters, Phnom Penh

“Moreover, as other countries move in, Beijing will undoubtedly seek to reinforce its influence to avoid losing its preferential position and accompanying leverage,” she said

The competition between the two powers will turn up the heat on ASEAN at the most critical juncture in its history.

“If we are not fully united and integrated, we can become the victim of external powers,” ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan told the Jakarta Post newspaper. “We must develop an ASEAN perspective on every issue. We should not come in with separate individual interests.”

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