Anti-China protesters chant slogans in front of the Chinese embassy in the financial district of Manila on April 9. Photo: AFP
Ira Paulo Pozon
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Ira Paulo Pozon

In the Philippines, China needs to work harder to sell its narrative of being a good neighbour

  • In the run-up to the midterm elections in the Philippines, anti-China sentiment has been rife, with President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of courting closer ties with China being roundly critiqued. China must refine its soft power push in the country

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Anti-China protesters chant slogans in front of the Chinese embassy in the financial district of Manila on April 9. Photo: AFP
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The USS Blue Ridge, flagship of the US 7th fleet, anchored off Manila Bay in the Philippines for a routine port call on March 13. Under the new calculus, if the Philippine military were attacked by Chinese militia — essentially fishing boats backed by coastguard vessels — the treaty-bound US would be obligated to strike back. Photo: AP
Brian P. Klein
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Brian P. Klein

How China’s ‘maritime militia’ raises the stakes for clashes with the US in the South China Sea

  • Change in US military protocol means Chinese ‘militia’ and navy are treated the same, and skirmishes could quickly escalate into armed conflict
  • What is needed is an effective and regular mechanism for two of the world’s largest military powers to address their issues peacefully

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The USS Blue Ridge, flagship of the US 7th fleet, anchored off Manila Bay in the Philippines for a routine port call on March 13. Under the new calculus, if the Philippine military were attacked by Chinese militia — essentially fishing boats backed by coastguard vessels — the treaty-bound US would be obligated to strike back. Photo: AP
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