Chinese vessels are pictured moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, on March 27, 2021. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
Chinese vessels are pictured moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, on March 27, 2021. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP

South China Sea: will the Whitsun Reef dispute come between Beijing and Manila?

  • The growing row sparked by Chinese vessels in the South China Sea is causing a headache for Philippine President Duterte, who has been nurturing ties with Beijing since 2016
  • Beijing’s next moves could affect next year’s Philippine polls, analysts say, and Duterte’s antagonism towards the US could hurt him

Chinese vessels are pictured moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, on March 27, 2021. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
Chinese vessels are pictured moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, on March 27, 2021. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
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