A file picture taken in May last year of Chinese building work, including an airstrip, on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Associated Press
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Philippines seethes over Chinese build-up in South China Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to thaw ties with Beijing, but public pressure is growing to take a tougher stance to defend the nation’s maritime claims, writes Richard Heydarian

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A file picture taken in May last year of Chinese building work, including an airstrip, on Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Associated Press
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