Protesters march in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila. Photo: AFP

‘Almost an invasion’: Protesters in Philippines slam Duterte for weak response over disputes in South China Sea

  • Flag-waving marchers chanted ‘China out’ and brandished a banner saying ‘Defend our sovereign rights’ outside the Chinese consular office in Manila
  • Tensions have flared since hundreds of Chinese vessels appeared recently near the Philippines-held Thitu Island
Topic |   South China Sea

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Protesters march in front of the Chinese consular office in Manila. Photo: AFP
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A US navy ship anchored off Manila Bay, Philippines. Photo: AP

In Philippines, support mounts for South China Sea ‘crimes against humanity’ case against Xi Jinping

  • More than 25,000 people have signed a statement of support for former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who want the International Criminal Court to examine whether China has carried out ‘crimes against humanity’
  • They say the country’s artificial island building has caused extensive environmental damage and has blocked 320,000 Filipinos from their fishing grounds
  • But China’s envoy says Beijing has no plans to respond to the complaint, which will not “stop the development of bilateral relations”
Topic |   South China Sea

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A US navy ship anchored off Manila Bay, Philippines. Photo: AP
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