The Philippines must walk a fine line between preserving its access to territories and resources that China claims and provoking its much more powerful neighbour. Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue. timothymcevenue.net

Compromise needed in the Philippines over its South China Sea policy

Mark J. Valencia says the Philippines needs to find some balance in its South China Sea claims – both with Beijing and in its own domestic politics, to prevent the dispute between idealists and realists from paralysing the country

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The Philippines must walk a fine line between preserving its access to territories and resources that China claims and provoking its much more powerful neighbour. Illustration: Timothy Mcevenue. timothymcevenue.net
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.