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There is no appetite in Southeast Asia to ally with the US against a regional state and get entangled in confrontation.
Jim W. Dean - Is the US military thrust into SE Asia the proverbial 'bull in a China closet' ?
The British SAS and SBS forces were planning on new missions directed against both Russia and China. Precisely what these tasks for the special forces would be was not revealed by the Brigadier, but they will apparently include training forces in the nations of the South China Sea region to counter what the Times described as “Chinese hostility” in the region.
Given Russia’s significant shift eastward, news of new cooperation with Vietnam and other southeast Asian nations bears watching.
Jim W. Dean - When did China declare itself a unipolar power? I seem to have missed that somehow, but I sure do remember Trump blabbering on about it.
Jim W. Dean - China will play along, getting some practice in "conflict drills" for its own growing navy, which will take a decade of work to have a credible defense.