As recently attested by regional developments, ASEAN is still on a bumpy road along the US and China contestation. The current health crisis, such as COVID-19, also extrapolate the race between these big powers to acquire support from ASEAN for their respective agenda. This current plot has also triggered some arguments on “vaccine imperialism” rather than “vaccine diplomacy”.
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With China increasing its presence in South Asia, India moves to strengthen infrastructure at land borders.