Indonesian researcher: East Sea situation may not be so bad

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 18:21

Hanoi (VNA) – An Indonesian researcher has shared a view that the situation in the East Sea may not be so bad and there will be no major incidents and clashes in the area.   


Evan Laksmana, a researcher from the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia, said through the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit, many ASEAN member countries expressed their wish that the East Sea issue and the ruling will not become the only issue between ASEAN and China.   


“I think they believe that the ASEAN-China relationship is broader and strategic than the East Sea issue,” he noted.


The researcher added that ASEAN is seeking to continue its ties with China while ensuring a reasonable and stable regional mechanism. “I do think ASEAN’s objective is clear, which is to manage the tensions as peacefully as possible,” he said./.