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In this photo taken on July 3, 2013, Chinese destroyer Wuhan leads a fleet of naval ships taking part in a joint exercise with Russia in the Sea of Japan.
In this photo taken on July 3, 2013, Chinese destroyer Wuhan leads a fleet of naval ships taking part in a joint exercise with Russia in the Sea of Japan.
(Associated Press)

FRANK CHING

Less sabre-rattling, but is China treating its neighbours better?

China has significantly moderated its attitude toward its neighbours in Southeast Asia, without withdrawing any of its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in Brunei last week for an annual meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said that the new Chinese leadership under President Xi Jinping places “great importance” on relations with these neighbours.