A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE

South China Sea code of conduct talks ‘may end in stalemate’ as tensions rise

  • Beijing is pushing to get negotiations wrapped up in what some see as a bid to block the United States from getting involved in disputes in the waterway
  • But unease over China’s assertiveness has made rival claimants ‘less willing’ and situation may be complicated by US military activity, observer says

Topic |   South China Sea
A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
A Philippine coastguard patrol boat passes Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratlys in April. Manila is among those who have been more vocal in criticising Beijing over the South China Sea. Photo: EPA-EFE
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