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How Beijing is winning control of the South China Sea

  • Erratic US policy and fraying alliances give China a free hand

SINGAPORE — Even by his outspoken standards, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s account of a conversation he had with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was startling.

  • Simon Roughneen
  • Nikkei . Asia Review

Kav 2bDuring a meeting between the two leaders in Beijing in May 2017, the subject turned to whether the Philippines would seek to drill for oil in a part of the South China Sea claimed by both countries.

Duterte said he was given a…

“[Xi’s] response to…

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