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
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