American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA

South China Sea: why did Duterte bar Philippine military from US exercises?

  • President ‘has a standing order … that we should not involve ourselves in naval exercises in the South China Sea’: defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana
  • Officially the move is aimed at keeping a lid on tensions, but former senator Antonio Trillanes says it is meant to ‘demonstrate allegiance to China’

Topic |   South China Sea
American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
American aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. Photo: EPA
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