Chinese maritime vessels at the Whitsun Reef Photo: AFP
Chinese maritime vessels at the Whitsun Reef Photo: AFP

‘Prelude to occupation’: worries flare in Philippines as Beijing tells US not to provoke confrontation over Chinese ships

  • Foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr says the Philippines might invoke its defence treaty with the US to deal with presence of Chinese ships in its waters
  • Duelling statements from the Chinese and American embassies have also fuelled anxiety and speculation in the Philippines

Chinese maritime vessels at the Whitsun Reef Photo: AFP
Chinese maritime vessels at the Whitsun Reef Photo: AFP
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