Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP

Philippines keeps its options open amid bid to defuse Whitsun Reef row with China

  • Even as Manila and Beijing engage in diplomatic discussions, the Philippine defence and foreign affairs departments say they are keeping their options open
  • While one official floated the possibility of expelling a Chinese envoy, observers say diplomacy is key to resolving the row without either side ‘losing face’

Topic |   China-Philippines relations
Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
Chinese vessels moored at Whitsun Reef on March 27. Photo: National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP
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