Activists and opposition leaders protest over the presence of Chinese vessels in the South China Sea at the Chinese embassy in Makati City, Philippines. Photo: Reuters
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

How a swarm of Chinese fishing vessels could swamp Duterte’s effort to strengthen Philippines-China ties

  • Richard Heydarian writes that the future of relations ‘hangs in the balance’ as scores of Chinese vessels surround Philippines-occupied Thitu Island, provoking a huge outcry among Filipinos

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Activists and opposition leaders protest over the presence of Chinese vessels in the South China Sea at the Chinese embassy in Makati City, Philippines. Photo: Reuters
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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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