US President Barack Obama did deliver a one-two punch against Xi Jinping at the recently-concluded 2015 APEC Leaders' Meeting in Manila. But the expected coup-de-grace in the form of an APEC Joint Statement condemning China's recent reclamation activities in the Spratlys did not materialize.
After the wolf pack terror attacks in Paris last week, the momentum was just not there.
Nevertheless, the Red Carpet Snub of Xi Jinping was a classic finesse move. I hope Beijing got the message loud and clear.
Since we fired the opening salvos in Manila, let us finish the job, once and for all, at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur.
This time, ASEAN should come up with a Joint Statement condemning China's entire Nine-Dash Line claim as a Fraud!
I just hope Kuala Lumpur will not buckle under intense Chinese diplomatic pressure...