An aerial view of the sprawling port facilities at Subic Bay. Photo: AFP

Why some Filipinos fear a Chinese military takeover of a bankrupt shipbuilder’s dockyard in Subic Bay

  • Relations between the two nations have warmed since a tense stand-off over the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2012
  • But Chinese interest in a bankrupt shipyard that was once home to part of a major naval base has set tongues wagging about Beijing’s designs on the site
Topic |   The Philippines

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An aerial view of the sprawling port facilities at Subic Bay. Photo: AFP
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The US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, anchored off Manila Bay for a reception for top Philippine military and government officials in April. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

How Washington’s ambiguity in South China Sea puts the Philippine-US alliance at a crossroads

  • Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippines could ‘downgrade’ its long-standing association with the US if Washington remains unclear on its commitments in disputed waters

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The US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, anchored off Manila Bay for a reception for top Philippine military and government officials in April. Photo: AP
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