Filipino soldiers stand at attention on Thitu Island in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Beijing tried to block Philippine military facilities on disputed island ‘over fears US could use them’

  • Concern that new and upgraded facilities on Thitu could be shared with the US, undermining China’s military advantage in the South China Sea
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte demanded Beijing ‘lay off the island’ after it sent about 275 boats there as an apparent warning
Topic |   South China Sea

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Filipino soldiers stand at attention on Thitu Island in the South China Sea. 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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