An aerial view of Subic Bay in 1996 shows the sprawling port facilities at the former naval base not long after the US’ withdrawal. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of Subic Bay in 1996 shows the sprawling port facilities at the former naval base not long after the US’ withdrawal. Photo: AFP

South China Sea: as US eyes a Subic Bay return, was Chinese ‘coercion’ of Philippines the reason?

  • The Philippines could soon welcome back US troops to a South China Sea-facing port that Washington relinquished control of over 30 years ago
  • Observers say Beijing is sure to find such a move ‘disconcerting’, but Manila’s heightened ‘threat perceptions’ of China may force its hand

An aerial view of Subic Bay in 1996 shows the sprawling port facilities at the former naval base not long after the US’ withdrawal. Photo: AFP
An aerial view of Subic Bay in 1996 shows the sprawling port facilities at the former naval base not long after the US’ withdrawal. Photo: AFP
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