A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
The Philippines

Philippines poised to increase its presence in South China Sea amid tensions with Beijing

  • The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks in defiance of what it says is threatening behaviour by Chinese vessels in its exclusive economic zone
  • Nine vessels, a coastguard aircraft and police watercraft and rubber boats were being deployed in the South China Sea, including in waters near the Spratlys

Knowledge |   Asia’s territorial disputes
A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
A member of the Philippine coastguard patrolling near Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
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