US and Filipino soldiers take part in an amphibious landing exercise at San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines. Photo: EPA

US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila

  • Naval drills that simulate repelling a foreign power from a Philippine island are not a response to China’s deployment of a large fleet to waters near Thitu – or Pagasa – island, claims President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman
  • Salvador Panelo also says his country has a “neutral stance” on America’s assertion of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea
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US and Filipino soldiers take part in an amphibious landing exercise at San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines. Photo: EPA
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