PH must review foreign policy strategy amid Chinese missile deployment
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The discovery of China’s deployment of missiles on three Philippine reefs in the Spratly archipelago is deeply concerning but not the least bit surprising. If one has dealt with China, of certainty is the stark inconsistency between what is being declared and what is actually happening on the ground. Regardless of Beijing’s commitment not to militarize the South China Sea, its methodical upgrading of military aspects on the artificial islands it has built on disputed reefs in the strategic waterway will surely and progressively continue.
del Rosario, A. (2018, May 7). PH must review foreign policy strategy amid Chinese missile deployment. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A19.
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Military operations; Artificial islands; Disputes; Territorial waters; Law of the sea; International law; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Governments; Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Aquino, Benigno III; Duterte, Rodrigo; Carpio, Antonio