Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to raise South China Sea ruling with Xi Jinping

  • Duterte has come under increasing domestic pressure to stand up to Beijing over its perceived maritime bullying
  • China claims historic sovereignty over most of the busy South China Sea waterway but this claim was invalidated in 2016
Topic |   South China Sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA
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Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Photo: AP

Philippine defence chief accuses Beijing of ‘bullying’ over claims in the South China Sea

  • Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made the remark a day after expressing hope for closer military ties with China
  • Although the two sentiments seem at odds, analysts say they are consistent with the Beijing-friendly stance of President Rodrigo Duterte
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Photo: AP
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