A Philippine protester outside the Chinese consulate in Makati. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Beijing unlikely to back down over South China Sea despite growing international pushback

  • Despite growing resistance from rival nations, Xi Jinping’s tough stance is unlikely to change in the year ahead
  • Two former rivals – the US and Vietnam – are becoming increasingly close in their opposition to China’s claims

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A Philippine protester outside the Chinese consulate in Makati. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"