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Water Wars: Tense Relations Between China and the Philippines; Europe and Japan Seek Larger Roles in the Region

Sino-Philippine Tensions

After April’s flare-up in tensions between China and the Philippines over the concentration of Chinese maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef (Mandarin:

  • Sam Cohen, Alex Vivona
  • The Lawfare Institute

Niu’e Jiao; Tagalog: Julian Felipe Reef; Vietnamese: Đá Ba Đầu), Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attempted to reduce tensions with China.

Duterte, while insisting that the Philippines would not compromise on its sovereignty, said the Philippines owed China a “debt of gratitude” for free coronavirus vaccines that China provided to the Philippines and…

Despite this more-conciliatory tone, tensions between the Philippines and China continued to rise through…

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