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China, Southeast Asia Seek a Safer Disputed Sea with Plan for Joint Exercises

Plans for a first-ever joint military exercise by China and Southeast Asian nations this year would calm safety risks on the most heavily contested sea in Asia and could ease fear of Beijing’s dominant role in the sovereignty dispute.  At a meeting in February, defense ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) “welcomed” the prospect of a maritime exercise with China by the end of 2018, Singapore’s defense ministry said in a statement. Singapore is...

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