South China Sea: will the Whitsun Reef dispute come between Beijing and Manila?

Apr 3, 2021 | INVESTING

For Philippine defence officials, it was a replay of an old nightmare. Early last month, more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels were sighted anchored off the Whitsun Reef, a boomerang-shaped coral formation within Manila’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands.The fleet, which had been moored there for weeks in clusters without doing any fishing, reportedly included ships from the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia, which Beijing uses to seize maritime…

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