US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured the Philippines about the scope of the mutual defence treaty between the two countries. Photo: EPA-EFE
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

How the latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle a Manila-Washington alliance

  • Ankit Panda writes that China may have overplayed its hand with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by having fishing vessels swarm Thitu Island
  • US has reassured the Philippines about the scope of the mutual defence treaty

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reassured the Philippines about the scope of the mutual defence treaty between the two countries. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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
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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