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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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.