The Philippines said last week that 44 ships from the Chinese “maritime militia” were still at Whitsun Reef. Photo: AP
The Philippines said last week that 44 ships from the Chinese “maritime militia” were still at Whitsun Reef. Photo: AP

China-Philippines Whitsun Reef dispute could get worse as US chips in

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expresses concern over massing of Chinese vessels at South China Sea reef and reaffirms that a mutual defence treaty between Washington and Manila applies to the disputed waters
  • China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges US to stop ‘inciting quarrels and sowing discord’

The Philippines said last week that 44 ships from the Chinese “maritime militia” were still at Whitsun Reef. Photo: AP
The Philippines said last week that 44 ships from the Chinese “maritime militia” were still at Whitsun Reef. Photo: AP
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