Du30 to China: Back off from Pag-asa
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President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China “touches” it amid rising tensions over the key waterway. Duterte, aiming to attract trade and investment from the Asian superpower, has mostly withheld his early criticism of Beijing’s expansive claims to the sea—a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it. But as the military warned this week that hundreds of Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels had “swarmed” the Manila-held Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu, Duterte spoke out late Thursday.
Mariano, N., Ramos-Araneta, M., & Cruz, M. (2019, April 6). Du30 to China: Back off from Pag-asa. Manila Standard, pp. A1, A2.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; Military operations; Fishing vessels; Exclusive economic zone; International law; Law of the sea; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Chinese Coast Guard; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); US Navy; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Duterte, Rodrigo; Lacson, Panfilo; Atienza, Lito
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