Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP
Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Philippines bolsters posture in South China Sea after navy ship docks at new Spratly Islands port

  • A Philippine navy ship, the BRP Ivatan, recently docked at a newly-built port on Pag-asa or Thitu Island, its largest occupied feature in the South China Sea
  • This, and the arrival of a new multirole frigate from South Korea, demonstrate Manila’s resolve to defend its interests, even as ties with Beijing improve

Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP
Pag-asa Island, otherwise known as Thitu Island, is situated in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines has built a port and is upgrading the air strip. Photo: AFP
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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, fellow at the University of the Philippines Korea Research Centre, lecturer at the Chinese Studies Programme at Ateneo de Manila University, and contributing editor (Reviews) for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.