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
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

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

Topic |   South China Sea
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
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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