- This year's ASEAN statement watered down remarks on the South China Sea
- Could it be a sign of a broader deal in Asia as the US seeks to rein in North Korea?
Dr. Mathew Davies is Head of the International Relations Department at The Australian National University. He specializes in Southeast Asian politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)China is winning the battle over the South China Sea, the resource-rich stretch of contested water where the country's been building artificial islands equipped with military-length airstrips.