A Filipino soldier patrols on a beach on Thitu Island, which the Philippines calls Pag-asa, in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, in May 2015. Photo: Reuters
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

In the South China Sea, Chinese fishing vessels around Thitu Island might net more than they bargained for

  • More than 200 Chinese vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied island may prompt a backlash against genuine fishing boats
  • Their presence may also push the Philippines, which has been edging closer to China, back into a tighter alliance with the US

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A Filipino soldier patrols on a beach on Thitu Island, which the Philippines calls Pag-asa, in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, in May 2015. Photo: Reuters
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