17 Nov '11, 4pm

Southeast Asia caught between US and China

NUSA DUA, Indonesia: Indonesia has warned deploying US Marines in Australia could cause regional tensions, highlighting the balancing act nations face as Washington and Beijing jostle for influence in Asia. China's regional neighbours welcome the United States' diplomatic campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power, and create a counterbalance to the Asian superpower's growing might, but can ill afford to alienate Beijing. President Barack Obama announced in Canberra on Wednesday that the US would deploy up to 2,500 Marines in the northern city of Darwin, rankling China which termed it "not quite appropriate". Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has fast emerged as a cornerstone ally for Obama's administration but nevertheless echoed Chinese concerns about a US military build-up. "What I would hate to see is if such developments were to provoke a reaction ...

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