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The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must tread carefully because growing nationalism is fueling maritime disputes between members at a time when the US and China are both re-asserting their strength in the region, speakers warned at an academic international relations forum in Bangkok on Tuesday. 

Prapat Thepchatree, associate professor of international relations at Thammasat University, said Asean's approach towards the major powers - US and China - could be seen as bandwagoning and balancing.

Whenever either of them required a show of support, Asean would go along with it, he said in an address to the 4th TU-Asean Forum

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