Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
Tim Collard
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Tim Collard

As the South China Sea dispute heats up, China must not belittle Duterte’s hand of friendship

  • To peacefully coexist with its neighbours in Southeast Asia, China should not browbeat them into submission, even if it is in a position to do so. Snubbing the Philippine president’s friendly overtures would send the wrong message

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on November 20, 2018. Xi’s two-day state visit was the first by a Chinese leader in 13 years. Photo: AP
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An aerial view of Thitu Island in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA

Philippines mulls bringing South China Sea dispute to UN as Hague ruling fails to deter Beijing

  • Presidential spokesman says Duterte has a few options to seek resolution in conflict, as Chinese vessels block Filipino fishermen’s access to Thitu Island
  • But it is up to Duterte, who has tried to forge stronger ties with Beijing, to decide
Topic |   The Philippines

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An aerial view of Thitu Island in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
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