The risk of ASEAN split for Vietnam due to the territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea
Author(s): Dr. Nguyen Hoang Tien, Dr. Dinh Ba Hung Anh
Abstract: China's use of military, financial, trading, and diplomatic tools to create divisions within ASEAN has made member states more solitary in the actions of expressing a common policy for the obvious expansion of the northern neighbor. ASEAN itself has brought Vietnam many great benefits, from economic cooperation to international empowerment and maintaining a peaceful and stable environment in the region, especially the handling of the issues on South China Sea through ASEAN mechanisms. Therefore, once ASEAN is dominated and split by the outside and its role and influence are reduced, Vietnam will also suffer many losses and risks.