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scmp - 29 days ago

China-Philippines Whitsun Reef dispute could get worse as US chips in

The deepening row between Manila and Beijing over the weeks-long presence of Chinese vessels at a disputed reef in the South China Sea could escalate as anger grows in the Philippines and the US signals its support for its Southeast Asian ally, analysts say.Beijing has insisted that what it says are fishing vessels at Whitsun Reef are sheltering from bad weather and have “no plan” to stay there permanently, but Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr warned that Manila would lodge…


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